New Twist as Uhuru, Raila Dragged into Ksh400M Fake Gold Scandal
President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga names have reportedly cropped up in the ongoing investigations of Ksh400 million gold scam involving the United Arab Emirates royal family and middlemen from Nairobi.
According to reports by The Standard, the names of the two alongside Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i were vastly mentioned in a leaked audio recording of a conversation between a purported local fixer of the UAE middlemen, in circumstances implying they tried to free nabbed gold.
However, when contacted for comment, State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena told the publication that she wasn't aware of such reports.
“I have not heard it, I have not seen it. So I cannot comment on it,” she stated.
On the other hand, Raila’s ODM official Philip Etale also denied that the former premier was contacted in regard to the fake gold scam.
Police have so far detained several suspects in the fake gold scam that has defrauded dozens of unsuspecting foreigners in Nairobi.
The operation was triggered by a complaint by members of the Dubai royal family to the state.
At the centre of the investigation is extortion of millions of shillings purportedly to secure the release of five tonnes of gold allegedly seized at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.
The “seizure” was supposedly the first tranche of a 23-tonne gold consignment that was to be brought from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Reports indicate that Nairobi has earned the dishonourable distinction as the regional capital of fake gold, where millionaire kingpins with lavish lifestyles have been investing millions of shillings in luring wealthy foreigners eager to make quick money from discounted gold in shady deals.
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