A senator is in Ksh400M gold scam. He is under investigation for allegedly scamming the United Arab Emirates royal family Ksh400 million over ‘seized’ gold.
The legislator is said to be among six individuals who are being probed after the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum protested.
The senator is accused of making the Dubai rulers think he could help them secure the release of the gold that had been seized at the JKIA.
Police investigations show that the senator even flew to Dubai to meet with the members of the royal family promising to use his connections to have the 5 tonnes of gold released.
This was the first consignment of 23 tonnes of gold the UAE had purchased from Congo and was intercepted by Kenyan authorities at the JKIA.
Beside the senator, a businessman who runs a private jet leasing firm from the Wilson airport is also under investigation and so is another unnamed politician.
It is reported that they all have denied any involvement in the scam.
Investigations reveal that the scheme started on September 25, 2018, when the accused allegedly approached a nephew of Sheikh Maktoum, one Ali Zandi, who represents Zlivia Company, a gold trading firm based in Dubai.
They promised to deliver 4.6 tonnes of gold from Ndande tribe in the Congo which was to be transported by road from Uganda and that they required financial assistance to facilitate the process.
On September 27, the Kenyans claimed that the gold had been detained by customs officials at JKIA and the senator flew to Dubai again seeking financial assistance for the release of the precious metal but Zandi declined and instead flew to Nairobi to follow up.
Two Russians have already been arraigned in court in relation to the scandal for obtaining money under false pretense as the UAE ruler seeks Interior CS Fred Matiang’ i help in trying to recover their gold or money.