Directors of fake jobs' scam arrested in Vihiga
02 September 2016, 23:23
Nairobi - Directors of Sub-Sahara Africa Safe Promotion Foundation (SSASPF) have been arrested in Vihiga County for attempting to lure youths into lucrative but unspecified jobs.
They sent messages to over 4,000 unsuspecting persons to attend to a head count.
“You have been shortlisted as SSASPF staff. Attend a head count on 31/8/2016 at Mbale Catholic church 7:30am. Carry with you 12 passport photos, CV, PIN, academic & professional copies. Ksh100/= 4 logistics & KCB account number. Your desk is Vihiga West (ALEX LUGALIA)" one of the messages sent read.
Over 3000 youths turned up for the "readily available jobs" but later in the evening police arrested leaders of the organisation who are still held up at Vihiga Police Station for probe.
County coordinating commander Elisha Odhiambo said they arrested the director and treasurer after some of people invited raised alarm and investigators sent to the scene.
"We got report that people were at St Charles Lwanga Catholic Church recruiting youths and women who had certificates from Form Four up to the University. After some investigations by our officers, it was realised the organisation was suspicious," Odhiambo said.
He said the group was not issuing receipts for Sh100 the people were paying and had no reason as to why they were not issuing them.
In Wednesday's meeting, participants were each paying Sh100 as 'registration' fee meaning the organisation collected over Sh300, 000 from the over 3000 people that turned up.
A young lady who declined to give her name and who said was an unemployed graduate, who had also travelled from Nairobi overnight, noted she had come to try her luck after a friend told her about the organisation's promise of a lucrative job.
"When I got the message, I immediately arranged to travel back home and try my luck here after many years of tarmacking. I have spent close to Sh3000 so far," she said.
One of the directors of the organisation, who sent messages to some people, and who talked to journalists who were undercover and in disguise of searching for jobs, said there were many opportunities.
"Just fill the forms, and if you don't have an account with KCB bank, open it here. After submitting your forms, there is no need to stand here. You are free to go and wait to be contacted in a week's time," said Alex Lugalia, a director.
Lugalia added the exercise was only a head count and that those who had got messages had already qualified for the jobs and would get a week's training before starting their new mandate.
Several of the organisation's officials were arrested and questioned by the CID till very late in the night on Wednesday on allegations of obtaining money by false pretence and operating illegally.
The organisation's director identified as Walter Luvogo and who comes from Sabatia Sub County is still held up by the police for further probe.
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