NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 2 – Four senior officials of a firm that enlisted more than 20,000 Kenyans in a suspected job fraud were on Wednesday evening arrested while seeking registration at the NGO Coordination Board.
The entity known as EAST Africa SSASPF came into the limelight after inviting thousands of Kenyans to the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani where they distributed letters for questionable jobs.
The NGO board’s Executive Director Fazul Mahamed told Capital FM News that the officials were being questioned by CID detectives on allegations of obtaining money by false pretence and operating illegally.
“We have arrested them. They were operating a charitable organisation without registration,” he said.
Some of the affected Kenyans interviewed by Capital FM News say they paid Sh350 to secure registration for prospective employment before they were asked to go to Kasarani for job offers.
A statement from the board’s corporate affairs manager Sekoh Nyadiero had cautioned the public against dealing with the NGO stating that: “The NGO board has received numerous complaints from the public that the organisation has been soliciting for money from the general public with the promise of securing jobs both locally and abroad.”
Nyadiero, said the organisation has been hoodwinking Kenyans that “it is working in conjunction with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning in all the 47 counties.”
Even with this warning, Kenyans chose to trust the organisation and seize the ‘opportunity’ of being employed within its lifetime.
Letters seen by Capital FM News indicated that those employed were to get good salaries.