The politics of fake gold trading has refused to go away after Opposition leader Raila Odinga sensationally alleged he had traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the same.
Speaking in Kisii county during the burial of his former personal doctor David Ombati on Friday, May 24, Raila further claimed he managed to hold talks with UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
In rejecting claims that he and President Uhuru Kenyatta could be involved in the scam, he alleged it was him who warned Maktoum that individuals he was engaging were fraudsters.
“I was with the Arabs when they received the call from the fraudsters who told them that they had their gold consignment and even sent a photo.
I told the royal ruler that the voice he heard on the phone was not that of the minister. I know Matiang’ i’s voice and the callers were simply using it to advance their agenda,” he told mourners.
Raila’s sentiments came a week barely after a phone conversation between a man who speaks like Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and a caller who alleged to represent the Emirati royals surfaced.
The Ford Kenya chief is heard trying to calm down the infuriated Arab investor by claiming the president and the Opposition chief will carefully handle the matter.
At the same time, Deputy President William Ruto is on record accusing an unnamed Opposition politician of dragging Uhuru’s name into their shoddy deals.
Ruto similarly claimed a “political con man” had flown out to the wealthy Middle East nation where he was said to have negotiated a deal which later went sour.
“They boarded planes to Dubai and did what they did; they need to answer real questions and carry their own cross. That is how things are, no other way out,” the DP said during a tour of Trans Nzoia county.