Incumbent Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has been conned Ksh 200,000 by an impostor on Facebook. The Senator came across a post of a businessman who offers services related to dairy farming, including building animal-friendly sheds for dairy animals.
According to court records, Olekina made a call to a number on Facebook belonging to a company named Pensmart and spoke to someone by the name Njoroge, who gave him a different number for further communications.
Njoroge informed the Senator to use the new number since most of the time he won’t be available at the office, and that the new number would make it easy to get in touch with him.
Njoroge later invited the Senator to his office and thereafter they headed over to Olekina’s home where he was shown where to build the dairy shed.
They agreed the total cost of building the shed would be Ksh 320,000. The Senator paid an initial amount of Ksh 200,000 and told Njoroge to start building the shed as early as the next day.
However, two weeks later Njoroge had not even started building the shed, and this prompted Olekina to contact him only to realize he was unreachable on phone (alikuwa mteja).
On the few occasions he got to talk to Njoroge, he had petty excuses to give. Eventually the Senator reported the matter to the police and Njoroge refunded him Ksh 50,000 and claimed he won’t be able to complete his assignment because he had already used Ksh 150,000.
The culprit, who was later identified as Peter Njoroge Nyondo and CEO of Pensmart, was arraigned in court but he denied all charges. He was later released on Ksh 150,000 cash bail.