Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have arrested suspected impersonators said to have used offices in the Ministry of Health headquarters in Nairobi to fraudulently obtain goods worth Sh37 million from a businessman.
The suspects, led by a woman, are reported to have posed as senior Ministry of Health officials and lured Eastleigh businessman Ibrahim Adan into handing over 20,000 boxes of hand gloves, 1,000 pieces of non-contact infrared thermometers and 579 boxes of face masks worth Sh37 million.
Investigators say the goods were partly delivered based on a fictitious restricted Ministry of Health tender dated May 4, 2020 supposedly awarded to Rocketway Construction Ltd for the supply of 20,000 non-powdered hand gloves worth Sh19 million, 1,000 pieces of non-contact infrared thermometers worth Sh18.5 million and 575 boxes of face masks.
Although she doesn’t work at Afya House, detectives are investigating allegations that Ms Wanjiku had keys to the boardroom and even let herself and two of her accomplices into the room minutes before DCI detectives stormed in and arrested her.
After three meetings at Afya House, Ms Wanjiku is alleged to have informed the businessman that ministry inspectors had established that the goods that had by then been stored in Ngara were expiring soon and demanded a Sh3 million bribe for the officials to approve the supply.