I’m not the ‘fake Matiang’i’: Man linked to gold scam surrenders to police


I'm not the 'fake Matiang'i': Man linked to gold scam surrenders to police
Mr. Joseph Ogendo presents himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Kiambu Road. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Mr. Joseph Ogendo presented himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Kiambu Road after a poster purporting that he was being sought by police over the gold saga was circulated on social media.
  • Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has since confirmed to Citizen Digital that the poster claiming a Ksh.5 million bounty had been placed on Mr. Ogendo's head is fake.

A politician who unsuccessfully contested for the Nyando Parliamentary seat in the 2017 elections surrendered to the police on Monday over the fake gold scandal involving the Dubai royal family.

Mr. Joseph Ogendo presented himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Kiambu Road after a poster purporting that he was being sought by police over the gold saga was circulated on social media.

Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has since confirmed to Citizen Digital that the poster claiming a Ksh.5 million bounty had been placed on Mr. Ogendo’s head is fake.

The politician was accused of impersonating Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i in an alleged plot to swindle the Dubai royal family of Ksh.400 million.

Mr. Ogendo, a former civil servant, denies dealing in gold or having any association with the fake gold syndicate.

“This is a very bad thing… I never knew my name could come up in a wrong way. But I am reading malice and politics in it,” said Mr. Ogendo, adding, “I have worked as a civil servant for over 25 years.”

He previously worked in the Ministry of Finance and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) before resigning in 2017 to contest for the Nyando parliamentary seat.

Investigations into the fake gold scandal are still ongoing with several suspects including flashy businessman Jared Otieno having been arrested and arraigned in a Nairobi court.

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