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Suspected KDF officer impostor charged with Sh1m recruitment fraud.

by Robert Guyana

A KDF officer suspected to have conned innocent job seekers millions has been charged at Milimani Law Courts.

Albert Owino Badia alias Peter Mungasa appeared before magistrate Benmark Ekhubi and denied the charges.

He was charged that on diverse dates between September 7, 2023 and September 14, 2023 at Westlands area within Nairobi County, with others not before court, with intent to defraud, obtained from Mary Yasindi Wafula Sh 1,007,000 by falsely pretending that he was in a position to employ his relatives to Kenya Defense Forces (KDF).

He is said to have obtained from KDF potential recruits during the 2023 August recruitment exercise pretending to be a high-ranking officer in the military.

According to an affidavit filed in court, Bandia at the time of the arrest on September 17, 2023, was posing as a KDF officer of the rank of major based at the Department of Defense (DOD) in Nairobi.

He had allegedly obtained Sh1, 007,000 from Mark Yasindi Wafula by falsely pretending that he was able to recruit three of his children to the KDF, a fact he knew to be false.

Bandia is said to have equally obtained money from other citizens who have reported to various police stations and others are yet to report.

Police informed the court that Bandia met with Wafula who was desperately looking for a chance for his sons at KDF.

“They met around the DoD where they discussed and agreed that he would sell him calling letters at a cost of Sh600, 000. He sent him Sh603, 000 through his mobile phone and another Sh154, 000 through another mobile number belonging to his accomplice. Wafula would later part with Sh252, 000 in cash,” the affidavit reads.

After being issued with the calling letters, Wafula compared them with the ones issued to recruits at the recruitment centers and that is when he realized they were fake. 

The police further informed the court that there were other suspects yet to be arrested who were in possession of the fake calling letters.

The Investigating officer informed the court that the two were a flight risk as they had no known place of abode.He has been released on Sh 600,000 or a bond Sh 700,000

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