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Jalang’o responds to ‘wash wash’ links

By Winnie Mabel September 12th, 2023 2 min read

Embattled first time Member of Parliament Phelix Odiwuor alias Jalango is now going after a newspaper publication for linking him to a Sh 1 billion fake gold scam in which a Tunisian national narrowly escaped being conned.

In his statement issued on September 12, 2023, Jalango shared a screenshot of the article published by Citizen Weekly in which he was implicated as one of the youthful Parliamentarians who was arrested by sleuths from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations last week at the scene of crime.

‘Senator Chesang, MPs Jalango, Jhanda link in Sh1b fake gold scam exposed read the headline by Citizen Weekly to which Jalango responded by saying, “Rogue media must be dealth with! After the steps I take against Citizen Weekly, I don’t think they will ever sit down and write defamatory story on anyone again then call to extort you in the name of ‘we will clean your name!’ I’ll not fall for that nonsense! Good day!”

The article claimed the DCI had arrested the suspects including the lawmakers from Rift Valley, Nyanza and Nairobi regions, including a Senator, an MP and a Kitui based DCI officer at a Nairobi estate where they had fake gold and fake dollars they intended on selling to a Tunisian national.

The Tunisian is said to have arrived in Kenya two weeks ago but there was no one to meet him.

A taxi driver picked him and was taken to Ngara, a city suburb, where he had to wait for a week until they suspects reached out to him. He was expected to pay Sh 400 million to see the gold, and Sh 600 million after gold was smelted and handed to him for verification.

On September 7, 2023, when he returned to complete the transaction, he arrived in the company of DCI officers who raided the office and arrested the 10 suspects while two others escaped.

The police confiscated a pistol, fake money and several mobile phones and metallic boxes that contained the fake dollars.

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