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February 22, 2018

Three arrested in Meru fake recruitment crackdown

Deputy governor Titus Ntuchiu with county officials at Meru police station February 13, 2018. /GERALD MUTETHIA
Deputy governor Titus Ntuchiu with county officials at Meru police station February 13, 2018. /GERALD MUTETHIA

Three people were arrested on Tuesday for impersonating senior Meru county government officials in the pretext of conducting a recruitment drive.

Eric Kiambati, Aron Thuranira, and Evans Gitonga were nabbed after they allegedly solicited bribes from residents in exchange for jobs.

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations arrested the suspects after a number of victims raised the complaint at Meru police station.

Deputy Governor Titus Ntuchiu condemned the act saying it is painting the Kiratu Murungi administration in bad light.

The conmen have been issuing fake letters bearing the county's letterhead to their targets.

"Our official letters are usually signed by the county secretary and not the procurement officer as was the case of the ones issued by the conmen," Ntuchiu said. 

He cautioned residents against getting involved in false recruitment drives adding that the county has laid down job listing processes and procedures. 

Police also impounded two vehicles belonging to the suspects.

These were detained at Meru police station as investigations into the ownership of the vehicles continue.

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