Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr has sparked a storm on social media with claims that money stolen at KCB Thika branch over the weekend was a scam.
In a tweet, the senator cast doubts on reports that robbers dug a tunnel into the bank and stole Sh50 million. He also demanded an explanation from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) on how a “small branch” ended up with such an amount of money.
KCB robbery is a scam. They want us to believe that thugs dug a tunnel for several months and 50 million was waiting to be picked. CBK should tell us how a small branch ended up with such a stash.
— Sen Mutula KilonzoJR (@SenMutula) November 21, 2017
The bank’s manager Samuel Nganga has told police that he found the money missing on Monday morning when conducting a routine check on the strong room.
The thieves accessed the strongroom through an underground tunnel. They then used oxy-acetylene welding technology to generate a flame that drilled holes into the two safes that had the money.
Kenyans on Twitter weighed in with their opinion on the senator’s sentiments.
Maybe the sum was inflated as a way to make the robbers fight among themselves thinking that someone is hiding part of the loot??.
— Felo Cerruti (@felo_cerruti) November 21, 2017
Or maybe the bank increased the amount in order to claim more from their insurance.
— Roda Tukwaje Kambale (@rtukwaje) November 21, 2017
— Paul Mboya (@pmboya) November 21, 2017
Exactly and then Ati no motion sensors alarm went off nor notification received by the manager, moreso how did they open the safe
— peter ongeti (@Mwami2011) November 21, 2017
Branches have cash holding limits. The pin-point accuracy of that tunnel endpoint & amounts involved beats me. That was purely scripted. In-house.
— Joshua Kisiangani (@jkisiangani) November 21, 2017
More than 5Omillion
Wait for the final amount they said more than 50million, they are yet to add some more balancing figures 6-7 million
— Let_Taxes_Decide (@Tax_B_Voluntary) November 21, 2017
This must have been an inside job.
Someone should take responsibility .
— W.M.K (@Winnie45285898) November 21, 2017
This thing is just a collaboration of KCB staff with the so called thieves
— Michael Wafula (@WafulaNMichael) November 21, 2017
Very questionable this theft is likely executed by one who has read several James hardly chase books
— Zosky Wahu (@zosky_wahu) November 21, 2017
Senator, Thika branch is not that small, cash flow in and out in that branch but there must be an insider involved. Those calculations underground were very accurate.
— Simon C. K (@simochege) November 21, 2017
As a former banker its easy to have such scam execute with the knowledge of the big bosses.
— Prince Vinny Juniour (@JuniourVinny) November 21, 2017
Totally agree with you sir. Completely an inside job. Somebody has to take responsibility here
— Nelson K.B. (@Nkbii) November 21, 2017