Fake Matiang'i Linked to Dubai Gold Scam Speaks Out [VIDEO]

  • A photo collage of Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and Joesph Owino Ogendo The Standard
  • The man accused of impersonating Interior CS Fred Matiang'i in the explosive Dubai gold scam presented himself to the DCI on Monday after photos of him went viral on social media linking him to the scandal.  

    Joseph Owino Ogendo, who is a politician, defended himself, stating that he had no involvement in the saga whatsoever. 

    "I could not comprehend it because it is a bad thing, I have never dealt in (gold business). I never knew my name can come up in a wrong way but I'm reading malice in the whole thing," he told reporters. 

    Politician Joesph Owino Ogendo who was accused of impersonating Interior CS Fred Matiang'i

    When asked to explain what he does for a living he responded that " I worked as a civil servant with Kenya Revenue Authority."

    "I served at the ministry of finance for some years, I joined VAT (department) then KRA. For over 25 years I have been a civil servant," he added.

    In 2017, he was granted early retirement after which he joined politics. 

    During the General Election, he unsuccessfully vied for Nyando parliamentary seat which was won by Jared Okello. 

    Ali Zandi, the foreigner who was conned by fraudsters pretending to be gold merchants, had stated that he was introduced to a fake CS Matiang'i who vowed to help him get his gold. 

    Zandi was promised that upon payment of a facilitation fee, the government official would help in the release of the cargo. 

    Authorities are yet to get to the bottom of the scandal.

    Police IG Hillary Mutyambai had been given seven days to complete the investigations and hand over the file to DPP Noordin Haji but the deadline has lapsed with no word from the authorities.

    Watch the video of Joseph Owino Ogendo defending himself.