The name of Raila Odinga has been dragged into the Sh 200Million Kampala gold scam.
A South African businessman with Ethiopian origin is claimed to have lost the amount (Sh200M) in the scam.
And while suspects, including Nairobi based businessman Lawrence Malong Lual Yor were arrested and are currently behind bars in a Kampala prison, it is claimed that one of the suspects claims to be a close relative of the Raila Odinga.
Malong who is said to live a flashy lifestyle owing to pictures from his social media accounts is believed to be the chief architect of the fraud that saw Wegnew Desire (Dessie) loose millions in an attempt to buy gold from Malong and his associates.
Dessie claims that he was bought into the business deal after Malong posed as the son of a South Sudanese General when he introduced himself to a certain ‘Owino’ in Nairobi.
Owino would later introduce himself as a Senior Kenya Revenue Authority official and hence assuring him that the operation was safe.
Owino however demanded for millions in cash before the transaction would take place.
According to the Daily Monitor, Owino would later go underground after receiving the cash and when they tried to contact him during the 2017 General Elections, Owino claimed that he was too involved in campaigns for his relative Raila Odinga and that they had to wait.
Malong has since advice Dessie to return to South Africa and look for more money to kick start the business transaction.