Senator Moses Wetang’ula to is among individuals to be questioned on a fake gold scam in which a Saudi Prince was conned by a gang of cons led by the Bungoma legislator.
Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has confirmed that the Ford Kenya leader has been identified as a person of interest and consequently lined up for a date with detectives.
“He is a person of interest, and we shall be interrogating him and all others mentioned to determine their degree of involvement,” Mr Kinoti said.
In the meantime, an audio has surfaced of Weta invoking the name of Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in the scam to convince the agent of the Saudi royalty that the State was handling the matter.
Invoking the name of CS Matiang’i, the senator asked for a Sh200 million bribe to have the gold released.
Later, Wetangula is said to have reached out to the Zlivia company rep reducing the initial ask from Sh200 million to Sh70 million. He promised to have the goods shipped to Dubai within three days.
Listen to him in the tweet below.
Wait for it 😂 pic.twitter.com/5JzulzppsQ
— ABuSakeena (@FauzKhalid) May 17, 2019
Also to be questioned are politician Zaheer Jhanda, businessman Don Bosco Gichana, Mr Chris Obure and Mr Richard Kubo who operates a logistics firm at the Wilson Airport.
DCI detectives spent the whole of Thursday questioning flamboyant personality Jared Otieno.
Police had raided one of his two houses on Wednesday evening and carted away computers, stationery and two luxury cars — a Porsche and Bentley.
One of the two cars, a third-generation Bentley Continental GT, imported a month ago, is one of its kind on Kenyan roads.
With an asking price of about Sh20 million before import duty, it’s capable of rocketing from zero to 100 km/hour in just 3.8 seconds, and hits a maximum speed of 330km/hour, thanks to its six-litre engine.
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) did not know how much duty to charge on the car when it landed on Kenyan soil. They ended up detaining it for almost a month.
By last evening, the State had not decided on what to charge Mr Otieno with as no one has so far complained against him.
It is however said that the police want to find out what he knows about the wave of gold scams that have hit the country.
Other sources said the police were forced to arrest Mr Otieno in order to assuage public anger over why they have been unable to arrest any big fish since launching an assault on suspected gold scammers last month.
At least 40 suspected gold scammers have so far been arrested especially at Kilimani in Nairobi. This follows protests by the UAE after one of its nationals, who is linked to the royal family, was conned.
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