BY RAQUEL MUIGAI FOR WWW.EDAILY.CO.KE
A Member of Parliament is among eight Kenyans who have lost millions of shillings to a group of scammers who have been claiming to have powers to double cash.
Police sources have told Citizen TV that the unnamed MP lost Ksh.76 million in addition to a car and a piece of land.
The conmen, who include three Mali nationals and a Kenyan, have been luring their victims to a building in Nairobi’s Westlands area ostensibly to have their money doubled.
Sources say the MP has told police that he lost Ksh.76 million to the scam and despite the initial loss of money, he kept going for more, even selling his car and a piece of land in the posh Karen neighbourhood.
Another Kenyan has reported losing Ksh.14 million.
According to police sources, the scammers would ask their victims to bring large sums of money for miracle sessions after which the victims would walk away with fake currency after handing over their hard-earned cash. Many only realised they were being conned when it was too late.
Police are now asking any other victims to report the matter.
The three suspects identified as Abdoulaye Tamba Kouro, his son Abdala Tamba and a Kenyan, Anthony Mangangi Munyiva were found with over Ksh.1 billion in fake currency in Nairobi on Monday evening.
Detectives led by Flying Squad head Musa Yego raided a house in Westlands where they recovered the huge sum of fake money that was in foreign currency.
On Tuesday, the suspects were presented before court, even as detectives sought to know how the two Mali nationals managed to spend years in the country without proper documentation.
They will remain in police custody for the next 15 days, after the court granted the prosecution’s plea to continue holding them.
In their application, the prosecution told the court that the amount seized needed to be calculated and it is bulky.
It was further argued that more time is needed to establish the true identity of the foreigners.
Flying Squad Unit Investigating Officer Mohammed Godana Hussein, in an affidavit, further added that there may be accomplices who are still at large.