Trans-Nzoia Senator Allan Chesang has dismissed the allegations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over his involvement in a fake gold scam in the country.
The Senator on Sunday claimed that DCI allegations had damaged his reputation.
“I will take all necessary legal actions to address these false claims and protect my name. It’s imperative that investigations are conducted diligently to uncover the truth,” he stated.
DCI officers during a sting operation at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in June 2019.
The Senator further denied that he is involved in the trade, associated with flashy lifestyle and extravagance, especially in Nairobi.
Three people have since been arrested in Nairobi’s Runda estate over their involvement in the scam.
Chesang also accused a local media outlet of dragging his name in the case arguing that the news was unverified.
He argued that it was essential that such allegations be verified before being reported.
“I am not in custody, and these accusations are false. I urge you to uphold responsible journalism and fact-check before sharing such damaging information,” he added.
According to the DCI, the suspects targeted a South African national who had been directed to Kilimani to initiate the deal.
“The victim had been directed to Kilimani where he was picked before being driven to Runda, where the deal was to be sealed. Unbeknownst to the scammers, detectives had laid an ambush close to Momesa Vale from where they struck and made the arrests,” DCI wrote.
The South African national allegedly bought 30 kgs of gold that were scheduled to be transported to Dubai from Sierra Leone through Kenya and lodged a complaint to DCI leading to a raid.
During the raid conducted in the posh neighbourhood, DC recovered fake US dollars, an induction melting machine, and an export permit for minerals among other items.
The trio was booked at the Kilimani Police Station awaiting arraignment in court.
File photo of Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.
Judiciary of Kenya