Former Embakasi East MP aspirant Francis Mureithi Wambugu has been arrested for allegedly conning an Eritrean Sh300 million between April and November 2016.
Parklands Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss, David Chebii said Wambugu is expected to be charged in court on Wednesday with three charges of obtaining money by false pretence, interfering with false documents and money laundering.
Mureithi is suspected to have lied to the complainant, Haile Menkerios that he would help him secure a tender at the Department of Defence (DoD) for the supply of foodstuff.
DCI said Mureithi gave the Eritrean a Local Purchase Order (LPO) to supply the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) with sugar, maize, rice and beans.
As a result, the businessman through his company Doc Find Ltd, together with other proxy accompanies obtained a total of Sh300 million.
Other companies involved in the fraud include Wina Trading Ltd, New ResearchPath Company, Hammond Agencies and Sembel Trading.
The money was reportedly transferred to the companies’ account on different dates between April 29 and November 3, 2016, by Menkerios who is a retired Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Un office of the African Union in Addis Ababa.
“We launched investigations and established that the complainant was indeed swindled of the cash on the pretext that he was able to secure more contracts,” Chebii said as reported by K24.
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The DCI boss said they were still tracing two other accomplices in the case – Francis Mwaura Githienya and Hussein Osman Said.
Mureithi a first-time political aspirant in 2017 was nominated to fly the Jubiless Party flag in the Embakasi East Constituency. He was, however, beaten by Babu Owino in the general election for a parliamentary seat.