Kinoti says Wetangula to answer on fake gold scam

Several suspects have already been arrested

Kinoti says Wetangula to answer on fake gold scam

Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has confirmed that Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula will face detectives to answer questions relating to the fake gold scam in which members of the Dubai royal family were conned Sh250 million by a group of unscrupulous Kenyans.

Kinoti said Wetangula was a person of interest in the investigation, adding his team was working on a date to grill the Senator.

He is a person of interest and we shall be interrogating him and all others mentioned to determine their degree of involvement,” the DCI told a local daily.

The no-nonsense detective said the scammers would be dealt with firmly as their illegal activities were straining the good relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where thousands of Kenyans have migrated to in search of employment and business.

Wetangula is said to have offered to lobby the government to release the fake gold that was alleged to have been seized by security authorities under the Ministry of Interior.

However, it later emerged that there was no such gold seized at JKIA.

Late last year, the former Foreign Affairs Minister tweeted about a trip to Dubai saying he was there to improve ties between Kenya and the UAE.

"Have had a full day of meetings in Dubai focusing on how to improve trade ties between Kenya and the UAE," he said in a tweet that may form part of the investigation.

Wetangula has remained quiet on the matter although his aide, Chris Mandu, told the press that the Bungoma Senator had been a victim in a “business deal gone sour” – he did not elaborate.

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