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Nakuru’s roadside rip-offs

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Nakuru is the con-mechanic capital of Kenya, and if you’re driving, beware of any likely-looking individuals around Nakuru telling you there’s something wrong with your car. Tricksters hang around along the roadside either between the eastern suburb of Lanet and Nakuru town centre or between the town centre and the national park main gate, and have also been seen along the road to Eldoret. They work in teams, pointing one after another at your wheels as you drive past or, if you stop anywhere, “discovering” oil dripping from your engine – anything to get you into their garage for a bogus repair job.

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