UAE envoy denies Sheikh Maktoum involvement in Ksh.400M fake gold scam


UAE envoy denies Sheikh Maktoum involvement in Ksh.400M fake gold scam
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Khalid Al Mualla denied circulating reports that UAE ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum had written to the Kenyan government demanding the release of the gold consignment allegedly detained at JKIA.
  • According to Mr. Mualla, the Dubai leader is not in any way related to any Ali Zandi who has been adversely mentioned as his nephew and the alleged link between the Sheikh and the fake gold traders in Kenya.

In a strange turn of events, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now rubbished claims that the country’s ruler was swindled out of Ksh.400 million in a fake gold deal involving Kenyan nationals.

Speaking to the Nation, Khalid Al Mualla denied circulating reports that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai had written to the Kenyan government demanding the release of the gold consignment allegedly detained at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

“There is no such letter. It is all fabricated, and even if there were, who in their right sense would believe him? He is the vice-president of the country. There has been no official communication on this issue between Kenya and the UAE,” he told the publication.

According to Mr. Mualla, the Dubai leader is not in any way related to any Ali Zandi who has been adversely mentioned as his nephew and the alleged link between the Sheikh and the fake gold traders in Kenya.

“I can’t tell you if he (Zandi) exists or not, but who is he? Can anyone show me proof that the gold was going to the ruler of Dubai? I have not seen such a thing and I think someone was working hard to damage relations, which are cordial,” he added.

The envoy further stated that relations between the UAE and Kenya are intact, adding that the matter only involves two private companies between both nations.

Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has since said they have solid leads on suspects involved in the fake gold racket in Kilimani; some of whom are influential politicians, businessmen, lawyers and judicial officers.

He further revealed that the suspects have been enjoying protection from some corrupt senior police officers and officials at the Kenya Airports Authority and the Immigration Department.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, who is currently out of the country, is also expected to be summoned to shed light on a leaked audio recording that implicates him in the fake gold scam.

Politician Zaheer Jhanda who recently spoke out over his links to the royal family in Dubai is also expected to record a statement at the DCI headquarters.

He is said to have consulted with a Dubai-based gold merchant who was supposed to ferry gold worth Ksh.30billion through Nairobi’s JKIA.

Investigations have revealed an intricate cartel operating within the leafy suburbs of Kilimani, Kileleshwa and Lavington.

Flamboyant ‘businessman’ Jared Otieno, alongside 15 others, has since also been charged in a case where a Chinese national was conned of Ksh.300 million in another fake gold scam.

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