The identity of a conman who has been running an M-Pesa scheme on members of parliament has been revealed.
According to the police, the suspect is 25-Year-Old Wazir Benson Masubo Chacha, a former Ministry of Devolution employee.
Chacha is accused of using fake MPesa accounts to demand money from Members of Assembly and other VIPs. He is believed to be a friend to a former Member of Parliament (MP) where he got most of the MPs’ contacts.
Nairobi Wire has since established that Chacha is the young man who made headlines in February after photos of his romantic escapades with former Bomet County Women Representative Cecilia Ngetich leaked online.
Chacha even openly confessed about a love relationship with the 54-year-old former woman rep to a local daily.
He claimed that he met Ng’etich while he was working at the Ministry of Devolution when she came to drop tender documents
Chacha added that he had fallen in love with Ngetich but he was dumped like a hot potato on Valentine’s Day this year.
“She dumped me on Valentine’s Day. I was to accompany her to South Africa on that day, only for her to tell me that the relationship was over,” he lamented.
In response, Ngetich claimed that Chacha was a man of questionable character who should be investigated for operating in the country using illegal documents.
“He is using Waziri Chacha but his ID reads Benson Waziri Masubo. He is not Kenyan and does not live in Runda, but Buruburu with relatives,” she said.
Could that be why his bedroom pictures with Cecilia Ngetich leaked online? Your guess is as good as mine.
On social media, Chacha goes by the handle @el_chapo_junior2, and some of his posts are quite telling.
The young man, whose listed properties include a Toyota Land Cruiser V8, Toyota Lexus and Chrysler 1540, is now on the run with the police hot on his heels.
Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) George Kinoti said Chacha has been linked to four other cases of fraud and they want him to surrender himself for questioning.
“He used an ID number of a former MP to register an MPesa account in the name of Sabina Wanjiku Chege. He did this in Donholm and we have all the details,” said Kinoti yesterday, a day after he had promised the National Assembly security committee that he would, in 24 hours, arrest suspects.
Kinoti said that police have in the last week been trying to get Chacha but it has been in vain.
His five phones have been switched off and he has gone into hiding. He was last seen in Ruiru on Monday.
An attendant who registered the number in the name of Sabina Wanjiku Chege has been arrested in Nairobi’s Donholm area. She is expected to formally take a plea on Monday 26 March 2018.
Chacha allegedly used the number to send distress messages a number of VIPs seeking funds. The messages claimed that Sabina was in hospital and needs money urgently.
At least four MPs including Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi sent money thinking it was Chege who was in need.
Speaker Muturi, CSs Eugene Wamalwa, Peter Munya and Margaret Kobia and unknown senators have fallen victim to the scheme and sent money. The committee heard that Mr Muturi lost Sh30,000 after he received a message seeking help to buy medication.
Former Migori Senator Wilfred Machage is said to have deposited Sh140,000 to Chacha’s account but it is not clear for what reasons.
It also emerged that Chacha sent two students of Multimedia University to collect Sh100,000 from Midiwo after he demanded more information. The two students include a nephew to the former MP. They were charged with attempting to obtain money from the politician by false pretences.
Derick Ng’etich and Edwin Warukira were accused of fraudulently obtaining Sh100, 000 from the former Gem MP and Ms Chege on March 8 at Goldenspot Restaurant in Nairobi.
They denied the charges before chief magistrate Francis Andayi and requested for a free bond, claiming both are students.