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February 19, 2018

Conman tricks state official, swindles youths out of thousands

Kajiado County Commissioner Harsama Kello said he is disturbed about the information his deputy was coned by an individual to use his office to facilitate a crime.
Kajiado County Commissioner Harsama Kello said he is disturbed about the information his deputy was coned by an individual to use his office to facilitate a crime.

Police in Isinya are hunting a conman who swindled unsuspecting youths, most of them sons of chiefs, out of thousands of shillings.

Paul Ayoki, mobile number 0716487213, called Isinya deputy county commissioner David Kipkemei on Wednesday and identified himself as head of data at USAID.

He said the NGO was working with the government to train youths across the country on IT and data management.

Ayoki said those chosen would receive a two-week training and be paid Sh2,000 per day.

Kipkemei directed the assistant county commissioner to call all 19 sub-chiefs in Kajiado East constituency to provide the names of two youths, a boy and girl, and send the details to Ayoki.

Most of the chiefs named their sons, nieces and nephews.

Ayoki then called the youths and demanded they each pay Sh1,200 for the training. All 38 youths sent the money to his M-Pesa account.

The conman has gone underground and the youths are demanding their money.

Kipkemei said he was conned but made no further comments.

County commissioner Harsama Kello said the matter will be investigated.

“Publish that story so it can help others from falling victim to such characters,” he said.

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