One of the men who have been charged with impersonating President Uhuru Kenyatta and fraudulently obtaining KSh10 million from Sameer Africa chairman Naushad Merali is stunningly a close aide of Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.
Isaac Wanjekeche doubles as CS Wamalwa’s Personal Assistant and his fashion designer. Wanjecheke who dresses CS Wamalwa lives an affluent life brushing shoulders with the high and mighty in the corridors of power include President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Wanjekeche was among seven suspects; Duncan Muchai, Henry Waswa, William Simiyu, David Luganya, Gilbert Kirunja and Anthony Wafula who were arrested for impersonating a senior government officer and socialites to obtain money by false pretenses. It turns out the ‘senior government officer’ was none other than the president.
On many occasions the flamboyant Wanjecheke has posed for photos with top government officials including President Uhuru.
According to court papers, investigators were seeking to establish whether the con game had other players, including State House staff. In court on Tuesday, the prosecution asked the court to allow police to detain the seven suspects arrested on February 22-23 for 10 days but the court rejected the request and freed them without bail or bond. They will, however, be required to appear in court for the case.
Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ooko heard that Sameer Africa Chairman Naushad Merali got a call from 0722 208842 and the caller identified himself as President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The caller had the same voice and tenor as the President. While seeking to detain the suspects for 10 days, Corporal James Mwangi narrated that the caller wanted Sameer chairman to give facilitation fee so that ‘State House’ would assist in the purchase of a piece of land.
Mr Merali was not in the country so he directed Sameer Africa Finance Director Akif Hamid Butt to process the money, not knowing that the caller was duping him.
The court heard that Mr Butt was told that the money he was to wire was to buy land in Milimani, Nairobi County. Suspects went ahead and gave an Equity Bank account into which he wired KSh10 million.
“The complainant (Butt) was contacted by fraudsters using several telephone numbers purportedly from President Uhuru Kenyatta. The complainant realised he had been dealing with fraudsters after he had lost his KSh10 million,” said Mr Mwangi.?
Lawyer Cliff Ombeta who represented the accused claimed that the telephone number used to call Sameer Africa boss Naushad Meralli to con him out of KSh10 million belongs to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It is alleged that they used mobile number 0722 208842 to call Mr Merali, asking him to facilitate the release of the money for the purchase of land, while mimicking the voice of the President.