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Salim Swaleh arrested for allegedly aiding fraudsters in Mudavadi’s office

The Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs (OPCS-MFDA) Mr Musalia Mudavadi has reported a crime scene at his office, which has been supposedly aided by the insiders.

According to the statement issued by Peter Warutere, who is the Secretary for Strategic Communication in Mudavadi’s office, the investigation is ongoing over a cabal of fraudsters and government officers who facilitated their operations at OPCS-MFDA, which is at the Kenya Railways building.

On Saturday, the detectives arrested alleged fraudsters who had been masquerading as government officials, managing to make into and out of his office with ease.

Among the arrested people include Mr Salim Swaleh, who is the Director of OPCS Press Service, with the claims that his office is where the deals had been taking place.

“The surveillance was able to also track and identify their co-conspirators, among them Government officers who facilitated their dastardly activities. Those arrested include Salim Swaleh, Director of OPCS Press Service, in whose office the swindlers were found nested with fake door switch-nametags,” part of the statement reads.

The statement says that those who were arrested had perfected “renting” office space to criminals by either vacating their offices for the fraudsters’ use or deceptively misrepresenting themselves, which includes switching legitimate name tags with fake ones on office doors to advance the scams.

“Upon being smoked out in one of the OPCS-MFDA Railway offices where the confidence tricksters had settled in wait for their victims on Saturday, the group had the audacity of attempting to bribe their way out.

The operation is said to have been successful following a tipoff that alerted OPCS-MFDA security, who then mounted intense surveillance at the OPCS-MFDA Railways Office to disrupt the reported nefarious acts of impersonation and misuse of the facility by the fraudsters.

“The surveillance involved tracking a group masquerading as visitors. They would individually gain entrance into the Railways Building on different dates and times by falsifying their identities (as VIP guests or Government Officers), and the officers they purported to be visiting.”

Additionally, the government stated that the victims of the fraud were mainly foreigners who would be brought into the office of Prime Cabinet Secretary to meet high ranking government officers for favours in exchange of bribes.