NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have raided a house believed to belong to a prominent personality in Kileleshwa in the ongoing probe into a fake gold scandal.
The house at Kaputei Gardens off Othaya Road is usually guarded by GSU officers, but police have said they are yet to establish the owner.
“That is what we are trying to establish and my officers are on the ground,” DCI George Kinoti told Capital FM News on telephone.
He said eight vehicles were seized in the compound. Also recovered are boxes used to keep the fake gold.
“This is a major racket which we must dismantle,” Kinoti said adding: “This raid is just one of the many to come.”
He said they are particularly interested to know who the owner of the house is because of the heavy security deployed to there.
Three politicians – including a Senator are under investigation over the fake gold scandal after conning foreigners of millions of shillings.
The probe on fake gold was prompted by numerous complaints, including by prominent personalities from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who have been conned.
“The DCI wishes to inform the general public and the foreign nationals in particular that they must ensure that they conduct proper due diligence on the person(s)they intend to engage in the gold buying business,” Kinoti said in a statement last week.
He particularly urged embassies to advise their nationals accordingly.
“We urge the Embassies and High Commissions to advise their nationals coming in for business to be apprised of con business of gold going on in the country and first contact the Department of Mines and Geology for procedures that pertains to buying and selling of gold and other precious metals,” it added.
In most cases, detectives say, prospective gold buyers are invited to the country and shown bars of genuine gold before they are asked to make payments and travel back hoping to receive their consignments.
But they are often shocked to find fake gold, stones or sometimes mixed cement in boxes sent to them by the sellers who are believed to have protection from unscrupulous police officers.
“We don’t care who they are working with,” Kinoti said, “we will have to dismantle the cartel and people will face charges.”