Investigations into the Sh400 million gold scam involving the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has hit a snag.
The Sheikh has refused to cooperate with officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and has refused to give his consent for the DCI to interview his right hand man.
DCI officers were to record a statement from the Sheikh’s representative Ali Zandi regarding the gold scam.
Zandi’s statement was critical in the investigations because it would have provided the basis to interrogate the Kenyan suspects.
“Without a statement, it means that there is no complainant. That means there is no case,” said a DCI officer aware of the developments in the case.
Kenya had written to the Sheik asking his administration to facilitate the recording of the statements but three weeks later there has not been any response.
The Sheik according to sources may have decided not to allow Zandi to record a statement to avoid too much negative publicity and has vowed to pursue other means in seeking to recover his millions. It is not clear what the other means will be.
A leaked audio recording put Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula at the heart of the fake gold scandal, making the Ford Kenya leader a person of interest. Wetang’ula dismissed the recording a none issue.
In the audio, Wetang’ula dropped the names of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga to assure a Dubai gold investor, believed to be Zandi, that their detained consignment would be released.