Sonko: How 'Wash Wash' Crooks Tried Luring me to their Criminal Activities

  • Former Nairobi governor at a past function in 2016
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a past function in 2016
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  • Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has come out to narrate how crooks in the financial crimes and money laundering, famously referred to as 'Wash Wash', tried to lure him into their activities.

    In a detailed social media post shared on Friday, September 10, Sonko recounted how he was approached with mouth-watering deals to join the financial offense and money laundering ring.

    Sonko boldly stated the scoundrels who run the 'wash wash' businesses approached him, assuring him that he would make big money considering how smart he is for the manoeuvres required and involved in the trade.

    "I have been approached many times, ooh bro with your brains you can do very well. Ooh, you just need to dress smart and nail a deal and walk out a rich man," part of his text read.

    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on Friday September 10
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on Friday, September 10
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    In one of the instances, Sonko stated that he was even promised a posh car if he agreed to join the venture and had one of the deals gone through.

    "Oooh, I will give you a good car if the deal goes through," Sonko stated, revealing that he turned down all the advances.

    He further went ahead to give the youth advice and warned them against dangers involved in the business. He warned that any attempts to play the ring leaders of the trade would end tragically.

    "You can't cheat on big fish, and if you do they will not have a second thought on pulling that trigger," he warned.

    He added, "you can't outsmart them, you can't tell of their secret businesses, they watch your life more than your mother watches you. What a life! You have money but have nowhere to spend because all your moves are watched. If not by them, the DCI is tracing your steps."

    Pleading with the youths against joining the outlawed 'wash wash' business, Sonko stated that the proceeds associated with the venture only last for a while.

    "This wash wash business will give overnight riches but never last. And we can tell with excitement you have, you are not built to last," Sonko remarked.

    His sentiments on the 'wash wash' business come just days after Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai issued a statement of the same.

    Mutyambai speaking on his #EngagetheIG forum on Monday, August 30, affirmed that several individuals have been arraigned and charged over the issue. 

    He added that the situation is being handled by a section of the DCI, which has jurisdiction over such matters.

    "We are aware of this and we have picked and arraigned several individuals in connection with the same. We also have a unit under DCI that deals with such and continues to nab perpetrators," Mutyambai stated.

    The Inspector General of the police, Hilary Mutyambai
    The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai speaking at a special seating held by the National Assembly's Committee on Education on February 26, 2021
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