Alleged Gold Scammer Zaheer Jhanda Opens Up, Claims He’s The Victim [VIDEO]

  • File photo of Zaheer Jhandi greeting President Uhuru Kenyatta as he disembarks from a military chopper.  The Star
  • Flamboyant politician Zaheer Jhanda on Saturday opened up about his involvement in the fake gold scam involving Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai.

    Speaking to NTV, Jhanda sought to distance himself from the scandal claiming that he had never done any gold business in his life.

    “I don't know how a genuine gold and a fake one looks like.

    “This is my first time coming into this business where I’m an investor, I put money and I’m expecting the genuine gold to come from Congo so we can take it to Dubai and do business,” he stated.

    File image of Zaheer Jhanda engaging in discussions with Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his deputy Farah Maalim.
    File image of Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang'i (left) with suspect in gold scam Zaheer Jhanda.

    On his association with the various political elites in the country, Jhanda admitted that he had met most of them but only in professional circles.

    “Meeting somebody doesn't mean that they are part and parcel of my life or we have any kind of engagement.

    “They are public officers, they were elected by the people so I can access them like any other Kenyan. I am a politician, I cannot run away from that responsibility,” he divulged.

    In an undated picture, Jhandi is seen greeting Uhuru Kenyatta as the President disembarks from a military chopper. 
    In another, he is seen shaking hands with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

    There is also an image of him speaking to Deputy President William Ruto and another in which he is seen engaged in discussions with Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his deputy Farah Maalim.

    The flashy 40-year-old man reportedly vied for the Nyaribari Chache parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket in 2013 and 2017 but lost in both instances.