Wetang'ula to appear before DCI over the gold scandal

Wetangula to face DCI

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula is to be grilled at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Wednesday over a multi-million-shilling gold scam involving a UAE businessman.

According to a local daily, the DCI summoned Wetangula to shed light into the matter that has now acquired political dimensions.

Mr Wetang’ula has been adversely mentioned in the saga after an audio tape was circulated in which someone who sounds like him was heard assuring a member of the Saudi royal family on the status of the gold consignment.

A man named Zandi, who is said to be a business associate of United Arab Emirates ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was heard in talking to the man claiming to be the Senator in the audio.

Leaked audio

I am a hundred per cent sure there is no problem and tell Sheikh not to panic. We are finishing this matter and we will come and toast together,” a man thought to be Wetang’ula is heard saying.

We will have to sit down and discuss this issue of money because the amount of money I have seen is not the amount of money you are talking about,” he added.

The phone conversation seemingly irritates Zandi, who then says the Sheikh had run out of patience and warns of “disastrous” consequences if the consignment was not delivered.

Wetang’ula returned on Sunday evening after a 10-day official trip to Hong Kong and China for a preparatory international anti-corruption session.

Raila meets Dubai ruler

Senator Wetang’ula admitted through his personal assistant to having been involved in the transaction but denied having conned the businessman saying he had also lost money in the deal.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga spilt the beans over the fake-gold scandal hours after police seized a lorry suspected to be carrying the “mineral” at JKIA.

Raila revealed he had traveled to the UAE and met Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum over the scam.

I told the royal ruler that the voice he heard on phone was not that of the minister. I know Matiang’i’s voice and the callers were simply using it to advance their agenda,” Mr Odinga said.

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