27 June 2011

Kenya: Two Arrested Over Use of General Kianga's Name for Extortion

CID officers have arrested two people for allegedly using the the name of the Chief of General Staff Gen Jeremiah Kianga to exort money from unsuspecting Kenyans. The man and woman were arrested at the weekend. The two are also said to have been swindling citizens of their cash by claiming they would offer them jobs in the army.

They are said to have been working in collusion with a death row convict from the Kamiti Maximum Prison who registered the Gen Kianga'a details with M-Pesa.

Police said the investigations were launched in December 2010 when Gen Kianga officially reported the matter to them. Kianga told the police then how conmen had used his name to register for the cash service.

Head of Serious Crimes Unit at CID headquarters John Nyanzwii confirmed the arrest and said the suspects were being used by a death row convict to withdraw the cash.

The detective said the suspects were a brother and a sister who have been operating in the city centre. "It has taken over six months but we finally have arrested them," Nyanzwii said.

Gen Kianga reported the matter after several people went to the Department of Defence headquarters claiming they had sent money to him so that he could reserve slots for candidate during recruitment. Most of those who reported had paid the cash and failed to win a slot during the recruitment towards the end of last year.

Detectives who took over the case began monitoring the M-Pesa account given out by the complainants to the military boss. The detectives were from the CID headquarters and Kilimani police station.

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