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M-PESA agent in lawmakers’ con saga due in court

She was arrested in Donholm area where the registration occurred and where she runs her Safaricom M-PESA shop/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – An M-PESA agent who registered a fake number with the name of Muranga Woman Representative Sabina Chege is expected in court on Monday morning.

The woman is accused of registering the number after wanted suspect Benson Masubo Chacha presented the fake number which he later used to con a number of MPs and other VIPs.

She was arrested in Donholm area where the registration occurred and where she runs her Safaricom M-PESA shop.

Police said Chacha is still at large.

Police last week identified Chacha as the man who has been conning Members of Parliament as a former Devolution Ministry official.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, he used to masquerade as the Personal Assistant to the then Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry Anne Waiguru.

DCI Boss George Kinoti is now asking the public to volunteer information that can lead to his arrest, while giving him the option of giving himself up for questioning.

Among leaders who fell victim to the scam are National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa, Margaret Kobia, former MP Jakoyo Midiwo, and former Migori Senator Wilfred Machage, who all sent him between Sh20,000 to Sh150,000 on diverse dates.

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