A former Member of County Assembly (MCA) in Migori spent Wednesday night in custody for allegedly conning a teacher out of his Ksh600, 000.
Joshua Onyango Ouma, a former East Kamagambo ward representative, allegedly obtained the said amount of money from the teacher, who works in Migori County, after claiming he could help him secure a well-paying job at the county government offices.
Ouma was on Wednesday evening arrested in a hotel room in Rakwaro shopping center, where he had directed the teacher to go pick his job offer letter.
The suspect allegedly promised the teacher that he will help him get the position of finance director at the Migori County Government office should he part with Ksh600, 000, which the teacher did.
The victim of fraud, however, became suspicious when his job offer letter was taking too long to be delivered to him. It is then that he went to the governor’s office to pick his job offer letter, only to realise he had been defrauded.
The suspect, Ouma, however, told investigators that the teacher had loaned him the Ksh600, 000 and that he was to refund him soon.
Ouma remains in police custody as investigations into the alleged fraud continue.
Migori County Police Commander Joseph Nthenge confirmed the incident.
The director of communications at the governor’s office, Nicholas Anyuor, strongly condemned the act, saying the county government does not ask for bribes or favours to employ job candidates.
This comes barely a week after the disbandment of the Migori County Public Service Board over corruption allegations.
Anyuor has asked members of the public to be cautious of people who are taking advantage of the inexistence of the service board to swindle unsuspecting residents.