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Flamboyant businessman Jared Otieno arrested over gold export deal

Flamboyant Businessman Jared Otieno is being held by police over claims he swindled foreigners in a gold export business deal.

Mr Otieno, who broke the internet with his Sh15 million wedding to Kendi Mwiti that featured choppers and luxury vehicles, will continue being held after police successfully requested a court to detain him longer.

Senior Principle Magistrate Martha Mutuku on Monday allowed the request by police to detain Mr Otieno for seven more days to allow for completion of investigations.


The flashy businessman was arrested on Sunday for obtaining money by pretending to be in a position to export gold from Kenya to foreign countries.

He was allegedly arrested after several complaints to the police by four foreign nationals.

According to the police, the Mr Otieno often told the complainants that monies they sent him was used to pay government taxes and exportation expenses.

The court heard that the complainants have lost close to Euros 40,000, USD 1,774,000 in the deal.

Some monies were reportedly recovered from his office located in Kileleshwa.


Mr Otieno became the talk of town after his expensive traditional wedding that awakened a sleepy village in Meru. The ceremony was attended by Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o, Meru’s Kiraitu Murungi and former cabinet minister Chris Obure.

Two months before the wedding, he had splashed Sh15 million in a pre-wedding party held at his rural home in Ndhiwa, Homa Bay county. The bride-to-be, Kendi, arrived in a chopper, while Mr Otieno came in a convoy of 18 Range Rovers and a Porsche Cayenne.

The couple solemnised their union in an invite-only wedding at Windsor Hotel and a reception at Safari Park Hotel. The bride was chauffeured to the venue on a horse drawn chariot littered with flower petals.

The convoy – complete with police outriders – consisted of two Porsches, a limousine and three vintage Rolls Royces.