Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana Arrested at Nairobi Hotel

  • An image of Danson Mungatana
    Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana speaking at a past event.
  • UPDATE Wednesday, August 12: Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana and Collins Waweru were released on Ksh20,000 bail pending investigations into suspected fraud.

    The duo are expected to appear in court on Thursday, August 20 following their arrest on Tuesday at a Nairobi hotel by detectives from Kilimani police station in Nairobi.

    Mungatana is alledged to have tried to defraud a woman under the guise of helping her secure a tender.

    Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana was on Tuesday, August 11, arrested in Nairobi on allegations of obtaining money by false pretence.

    The former assistant minister was arrested at Sagret Hotel in Nairobi and taken to Nairobi Area Police headquarters for grilling.

    The victim presented to a security agency tender documents purported to have originated from Mungatana and Collins Waweru but were found to be fake after scrutiny.

    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Simon Kiragu

    Before presenting the fake tender documents, the victim had allegedly paid Ksh 1,000,000 so as to be assisted to win a Ksh 70M cereals and building tenders and was to pay another Ksh 1,000,000 before detectives pounced on the two at a hotel in the CBD.

    His latest arrest comes with a backdrop of an April 2019 arrest where the former legislator was linked to a scam by a businesswoman who claimed the politician used her company as a conduit to illegally receive Ksh9.1 million from the County Government of Kilifi.

    The former MP was questioned by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives over the alleged theft of Ksh51.5 million from Kilifi County coffers.

    Following investigations, it was established that the Local Service Orders (LSO) used were fake and did not originate from the county government.

    Companies that were alleged to have benefited included Daima One Enterprises, Zohal Services Limited, Makegra Supplies Limited, Kilingi Investments Company Limited, Leadership Edge Associated Limited and Johazi Investment Company.

    Lucy Wanjugu, a director of Zohal Sevices, noted that the money was wired to her firm’s accounts and ultimately transferred to Mr Mungatana.

    Wanjugu submitted copies of her bank statement, receipts and telephone conversations with Mr Mungatana, which were allegedly extracted by detectives.

    Mungatana back in 2018 also fell prey of a scam as he was conned a whopping Ksh.76 million after a Chad National convinced him to invest in the oil business.

    Abdoulaye Tamba Kouro was charged after being found in possession of over Ksh.960million forged foreign currency.

    An image of Mungatana
    Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana speaking at a past event.
    Daily Nation