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Theft of 200 iPhones in DP Ruto’s name remains unresolved

Police are trying to unravel how criminals used the name of the Deputy President William Ruto’s office to defraud a company of mobile phones worth Sh30 million.

According to NTV, Capital Air Time, a company owned by a senior government official was approached by a suspect, Winfred Mukikinya, who purported to have been authorized by the state to conduct business on its behalf to supply the phones to delegates attending Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad) in Nairobi.

However, a week after the conclusion of the conference, the police are yet to crack the case involving the theft of the 200 top of the range mobile phones although six suspects were arrested on Thursday in possession of some of the stolen phones.


The key suspect, Ms Mukikinya, is reported to have convinced the company to supply her with 200 pieces of iPhone 6 plus mobile phones for delegates attending the just concluded Ticad summit.

Sources close to NTV said the suspect’s then proceeded to Deputy President Ruto’s office two weeks before the conference where the supplier was show a Local Purchase Order (LPO) purported to have originated from the DP’s office and ministry of foreign affairs.

Capital Airtime Limited then released the phones to the key suspect. Police have since recovered 17 phones from the suspects but are still investigating how the suspects managed to get a government vehicle and how they accessed the office of the deputy president unnoticed.

The suspects will be arraigned in court on 7th September to answer to the charges.