Alvin Chivondo arrested for shoplifting again after being saved by Sonko


A man who was saved from imprisonment by former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko after he pleaded guilty to shoplifting is now in police custody for committing a similar offence.

Alvin Chivondo, now alleged to be a serial shoplifter, was put in custody on Thursday after he stole from a supermarket along Ronald Ngala Street in Nairobi CBD.

Chivondo is said to have shoplifted a maize flour.

Police are now holding him at Central Police Station pending arraignment.

This comes weeks after Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo handed him a one-year prison sentence or a fine of Sh100,000.

The sentence was handed after he pleaded guilty to the offence of stealing 5 kgs of rice, 5 litres of cooking oil, 2 kgs of sugar, and tea leaves, all valued at Ksh3,165.

The man’s plight went viral prompting Sonko to come to his rescue and paid a Sh100,000 fine.

Sonko said that he made the decision as his normal way of reaching out to troubled people.

“Many Kenyans are living in squalor due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many will say that it’s PR but I like assisting people, that’s has been my passion since I was in high school in Kwale boys,” Sonko said.

He added that:

“I have also promised to give him a one-month food stock plus offer him a job as well.”

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