Hon Jonathan Okoth Opande alias Okoth Magawi one of Nairobi’s infamous gold scammers has been arrested.
The former Nyakach Parliamentary seat aspirant was arrested after duping two Thai nationals Ksh 13 million in a fake gold deal.
“Opande also known as Chairman/Kiongozi was ejected from a Kisumu-bound KQ flight yesterday afternoon, by hawk-eyed detectives who had gotten wind of his last minute travel itinerary.
The suspect who unsuccessfully contested the Nyakach Parliamentary seat in the last General Elections, has been engaging detectives in cat and mouse games and is wanted in connection to a case where he defrauded two Thai nationals over SH13 million, in a fake gold deal.
According to a complaint lodged at the Royal Thai Embassy in April this year by Messrs Kitvisit Songsri and Nutsaphol Songsri, the suspect posing as the CEO of Blu Afrique LTD obtained the money from them in the pretext that he would supply them gold whose quantity was not immediately established.” said DCI
The two nationals realized they had been scammed after visiting the country in April to seal the deal. They had been introduced to Kiongozi by one Fred Obach Oliech who has already been arraigned in court over the scandal.
A visit by detectives at his house in Lavington, KRA export seals, a dust coat branded Ministry of Mining and digital weighing scales among other crucial exhibits were confisticated by the detectives.