In Summary

  • DCI sleuths arrest Jonathan Opande alias chairman.
  • he defrauded two Thai nationals over 13 million shillings in a fake gold deal.


The DCI detectives have arrested gold scammer suspect Hon Jonathan Opande alias Okoth Magawi  Chairman/ Kiongozi.

He was arrested at Kisumu Airport when on board in a sting operation launched after the DCI got wind on his itinerary.

He is wanted in relations to a case where he defrauded two Thai nationals over 13 million shillings in a fake gold deal.

“After escaping several police dragnets in the past few months, one of Nairobi’s infamous gold scammers Hon Jonathan Okoth Opande alias Okoth Magawi has been arrested. Opande also known as Chairman/Kiongozi was ejected from a Kisumu-bound KQ flight yesterday afternoon, by hawk-eyed detectives who had gotten wind of his last minute travel itinerary. The suspect who unsuccessfully contested the Nyakach Parliamentary seat in the last General Elections, has been engaging detectives in cat and mouse games and is wanted in connection to a case where he defrauded two Thai nationals over SH13 million, in a fake gold deal. According to a complaint lodged at the Royal Thai Embassy in April this year by Messrs Kitvisit Songsri and Nutsaphol Songsri, the suspect posing as the CEO of Blu Afrique LTD obtained the money from them in the pretext that he would supply them gold whose quantity was not immediately established.’’ The DCI susp

Detectives says Opande posed  as CEO of Blue Afrique Ltd to defraud the unsuspecting Thailand investors.

‘’The duo had been introduced to Kiongozi by his accomplice Fred Obach Oliech, who was arrested on August 23, and has already had his day in court. A raid at the main suspect’s office in Lavington’s Gatina area led to the recovery of KRA export seals, a dust coat branded Ministry of Mining and digital weighing scales among other crucial exhibits. The suspect is currently being held at Buruburu police station pending arraignment on Monday.’’ The statement reads.


His accomplice Fred Obach was arrested on 23 August and had already been arraigned in Court.


Other Items Nabbed 


Police also recovered KRA export seal, dust coat branded ministry of mining among other items.

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