A man who police claim swindled the public by posing as Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been arrested.
The suspect, Joseph Gitau Njoki, was arrested after people he had allegedly conned trooped to the senator’s offices at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).
Mr Njoki allegedly created a Facebook page, “Mike Sonko Foundation,” which he used to solicit funds from members of the public.
Investigators want to question other complainants and on Monday filed an affidavit against Mr Njoki asking Senior Principal Magistrate Elena Nderitu at the Milimani Law Courts to allow them to detain the suspect so they could dig deeper into the allegations against him.
According to the affidavit, Mr Njoki was arrested by officers attached to the Flying Squad who now want to work with cybercrime detectives for further investigations.
The police allege that Mr Njoki swindled more than 3,000 unsuspecting people “by false pretences by the time he was arrested on July 24.”
He was remanded at Pangani police station for two days to enable the police to complete their investigations.
Officer Jared Onchiri of the Flying Squad, who swore the affidavit, told the magistrate that he required more time with the accused to enable him to conclude investigations.
“The respondent has crucial information that will help police with unravelling conmen behind two other Facebook accounts still under investigation,” the officer said.
He said that during preliminary investigations, two other Facebook page accounts — “Mike Sonko National Counties Walk” and “Wanjiku Voice of Kenya” — emerged and are subject to investigations.
Senator Sonko is expected to testify during the hearing.
The case will be mentioned on Friday, August 1.