Joseph Ogendo, a politician from Nyanza on Monday surrendered to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after he was reported to have impersonated Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in the fake gold scandal.
Politician accused of impersonating Matiang’i in gold scandal surrenders to DCI
He previously served at KRA
Ogendo presented himself to the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road after a poster bearing his photo went viral – purporting a bounty for anyone with information that would lead to his arrested.
DCI boss George Kinoti had since issued a statement indicating that the poster bearing Ogendo’s name was fake and that his detectives did not have any case against the man who unsuccessfully sought the Nyando parliamentary seat in the 2017 general election.
Ogendo, who has over 25 years working for government in various institutions, said he was saddened that malicious political opponents would go to such extents to hurt him.
“This is a very bad thing… I never knew my name could come up in a wrong way. But I am reading malice and politics in it. I have worked as a civil servant for over 25 years,” he told the press.
He previously worked for the Ministry of Finance and last served in the Kenya Revenue Authority from where he resigned to pursue a career in politics.
The development came a few days after media reports indicated that detectives were pursuing an individual identified as “Mukiri” who had impersonated Matiang’i as part of a scheme that saw Dubai businessmen lose Sh400 million to Kenyan scammers.
ODM Leader Raila Odinga on Sunday said that it was him who blew the whistle into the scam after he positively identified that the so-called Matiang’i was an impostor.
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