In January this year, a member of the public reported to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission he was swindled out of Kshs. 700,000 by people claiming to be EACC investigators. While at his home in Nairobi’s Kahawa Sukari Estate.on 6th January,
He received a telephone call from a person identifying herself as Elizabeth Muasya based at Integrity Centre. She informed him was adversely mentioned in connection with illegal water connections from Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company. Where several people were arrested and charged in court.
If he cooperated with her by paying 1 million bribes his case would be terminated. Elizabeth had then advised him to go to Integrity Centre with the money where she would destroy the case file in his presence. However, On 10th January, he reported the matter to the Commission after the suspects continued demanding more money. Subsequent investigations led EACC officers to Kahawa West where they arrested the two suspects as they waited to receive the balance of Kshs. 300,000. A pistol loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition was recovered from their vehicle, which was also impounded.
Media outlets recently carried reports of two impostors who had visited the offices of Senior Counsel John Khaminwa to intimidate and extort money from him in connection with his role in a matter before the Court of Appeal regarding the Building Bridges Initiative. It was reported that the two identified themselves EACC officers despite the absence of any evidence in that respect.
Members of the public have been urged to continue to report suspicious individuals who introduce themselves as EACC officers without proper identification. To help ensure such criminals are punished and serve as a way of preventing those entertaining thoughts of posing as EACC investigators.