The controversial and flamboyant businessman Jared Otieno was arrested Wednesday evening in the on going fake gold probe.
Despite the gross allegations, a section of Kenyans have actually praised him for robbing a foreign billionaire and investing back in the country.
When DCI detectives raided his newly acquired palatial home in Karen they seized two of his brand new vehicles–a Porsche and Bentley.
“The fugitive Jared Otieno has been arrested,” DCI Kinoti was quoted by Capital. “we raided his newly bought palatial house in Karen where two brand new vehicles, a Bentley and a Porsche were recovered.”
His latest arrest comes days after investigations were launched following numerous complaints from those conned–including United Arab Emirates leader Sheikh Al Maktoum.
It's only after The Emirates Prince called President Uhuru to complain about the Fake gold scam that arrests were made. This means no action would've been taken if the Prince wasn't the one affected. The state aids & abets criminals and the Jared Otieno of this country. DOOM !
— Kioko Nzyimi (@KiokoNzyimi) May 16, 2019
In a statement on Friday, DCI boss George Kinoti has urged foreign Embassies and High Commissions to alert their nationals coming to Kenya for gold business.
Kinoti says unsuspecting foreign nationals have lost millions of shillings to gold scammers in the recent weeks.
But Kenyans believe he deserves praise for investing the ‘internationally’ stolen money in the country vis-a-vis the corrupt politicians politicians who steal from us and invest abroad.
We have sampled some of their reactions below:
those condemning Jared Otieno should remember he stole from a people who think we are dirty monkeys., a people who refused to arrest the murderers of a zambian student in china. He has also injected $3m into the Kenyan economy which was never there pic.twitter.com/25dCnZIxiA
— Richard (@TheProperRichie) May 16, 2019
My thought, we should celebrate Jared Otieno for stealing from foreigners and injecting the liquidity to our economy and arrest the corrupt policians who steal from our economy to inject in foreign economies
— OSII STEVE OSII (@osii_steve) May 16, 2019
Jared Otieno stole from a Billionaire. It's not that baaad. How about these Kenyan politicians stealing billions from poor Kenyans daily? Those are the individuals we should be worried and concerned about
— Gifted Baby (@Denogrant_) May 16, 2019
Jared Otieno and his crew aren't stealing from state coffers. The rich are stealing from each other! We should stop the hypocrisy and show the same level of concern when our taxes are misappropriated and looted.
— THE SEASON (@castrofy26) May 16, 2019
I feel DCI is fighting the wrong fight. Priority should be on the corrupt politicians and public officials.
— Kiamati Edwin (@KiamatiE) May 16, 2019
a brain like that of Jared Otieno can never go to waste in a prison. uyu jamaa atatolewa tu soon
— Mentalist 🇰🇪 (@allan_phil) May 16, 2019
I was thinking the same , Ive been to china and the police there cannot help a Kenyan if he/she is conned by a chinese ….. they can never arrest their brother for stealing from a 'monkey' as they call us …
— Richard (@TheProperRichie) May 16, 2019
But at least Jared Otieno didn't swindle tax payers money but rather con those foreigners who are greedy of bloody gold from Africa.
— ALLAN (@Smith_Allano) May 16, 2019
What’s the difference between this man Jared otieno and those who stole Arror dam money and keep stealing our taxes everyday ? as @HassanAliJoho puts it Mwizi ni Mwizi hakuna jina nyingine. @DCI_Kenya when are the arrest about the dams being made? @RobertAlai @bonifacemwangi https://t.co/0KxKbs82ID
— Adalla (@Adallanyali2017) May 16, 2019
“He is part of a wider gang and we are still pursuing others. These people are harmful to the economy since they are selling what does not exist,” Kinoti added after the arrest.
“They have wreaked havoc on many people. This is a criminal enterprise and we are determined to dismantle it.”
The raid didn’t come as a surprise as the flamboyant businessman has been linked to related scams in the past.
On June 20, 2017, police arrested the businessman over claims he swindled foreigners in a gold export deal.
Senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku allowed the request by police to detain him for seven more days to allow for completion of investigations.
The flashy businessman had been arrested for obtaining money by pretending to be in a position to export gold from Kenya to foreign countries.
He was arrested after several complaints to the police by four foreign nationals.
According to the police, the Mr Otieno often told the complainants that monies they sent him was used to pay government taxes and exportation expenses.
Are Kenyans’ sentiments varied? I believe so!