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WATCH: MP Zaheer Jhanda filmed stashing millions of dollars in private safe after counting

A video Nyaribari Chache Member of Parliament, Zaheer Jhanda, counting money emerged online on June 13, 2023.

In the video, the first time Parliamentarian could be seen seated next to a tall safe, transferring bundles of money from a black bag and piling them in a heap in another brown bag before he began counting some of the stacks. Heaving and sighing as if it was a laborious task, the Parliamentarian would pick up some of the fallen bundles and begin stacking them in the private safe at an undisclosed location.


This video elicited mixed reactions from a section of Kenyans who wondered where the first time politician got all that money in light of his name being linked to some scandals.

“A video of Nyaribari Chache MP Zaheer Jhanda counting millions of dollars at an undisclosed place. Jhanda is one of the people who were previously implicated in fake gold scam along with Speaker Moses Wetangula. Mike Sonko and Eric Omondi also counted their money in public. Jhanda is the first man of color to win an elective seat in Gusii land, a conservative region where even women struggle to get a breakthrough,” opined Abuga Makori, a local journalist.

“Thats the money the president should be look for building houses because the owner has more than he needs just imagine a poor kenyan walking from kibera to industrial area and back home with no food boss!” said Ekimoss Andrew.

“These are the people in the government. Pathetic scammers. Kenya is doomed. Matiang’i was right in his prediction,” added Otieno Allan.

“The money which Kenya Kwanza gov is looking for is in their pockets, accounts and at home,” opined Sam Baja.

“He cannot even believe that he has counted that bundle and how much it is. He has done it repeatedly,” noted Mutyo.

“Ahmednasir has been telling the country of how corruption money is hidden in private residences in this country, and true to that, we have seen questionable public figures with questionable wealth doing their thing on live camera,” said Asif Gaya.

In 2019, Mr Jhanda was considered a person of interest in a gold scam probe being conducted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. According to reports, Mr Jhanda was allegedly part of a ring that conned the United Arab Emirates ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who complained to former president Uhuru Kenyatta that his gold had been seized at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for months while on transit to Dubai from DR Congo.

Upon investigations, it was found that there was no gold to begin with and Mr Jhanda was alleged to have initiated the transaction for the scam and roping in several people to impersonate various officers in and out of government. In the end, he was not convicted of any crime.

Mr Jhanda joins a host of other renowned Kenyans for flaunting their wealth and counting money online. The trend was started by flamboyant former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko and it was turned into a #SonkoChallenge. Others who counted and flaunted millions online include comedians Eric Omondi, Oga Obbina and Mulamwah as well as a former street urchin who bragged about millions filling various drawers in his house.

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