Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa will spend Thursday night in police custody after he was arrested for defrauding international investors through a multi-billion shilling fake tender.
Sources close to the investigators have told our newsdesk that Echesa is accused of faking a Ksh.39 billion tender for the supply of military equipment in the name of the Office of the Deputy President.
He is together accused with three others; Daniel Otieno Omondi, Kennedy Oyoo, and Clifford Okoth.
Echesa and his co-accused spent the better part of Thursday undergoing interrogation at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nairobi.
Detectives are also probing whether the four colluded with other government officers in the plot and whether they forged one of the Cabinet Secretaries’ signatures contained in the tender documents.
The suspects had already received Ksh.11.5 million as a down payment in the con-scheme.
The four were moved to the Muthaiga Police Station shortly after 7pm.
They are set to spend the night in police custody ahead of their arraignment on Friday.
Echesa was sacked by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a cabinet reshuffle in March 2019 after having served as Sports Cabinet Secretary for about one year.
Mr. Echesa’s name has been synonymous with clandestine activities. In January last year, he was accused of trafficking in Pakistani girls who operated as call girls for high-end clients in Westlands.
The girls who were finally deported had been furnished with special permits issued to the by Rashid Echesa who was then Culture Cabinet Secretary