A junior staff attached to the Kwale County Governor’s press office was on Tuesday grilled by the County Public Service Board for allegedly conning scores of job seekers.
Omar Gakweli, 26, was accused of using the names of the Deputy Governor Ms. Fatuma Achani, board chairman Mr. Kassim Riga and his Deputy Ms. Fatuma Tabwara to con unsuspecting members of the public with promises of getting them jobs in the county.
On being questioned by the board, the support staff who hails from Denyenye area, confessed of having been defrauding the unemployed and claimed to be acting on behalf of top County officials.
The worker is said to have been asking his victims to payK Sh 9,000 and KSh 7,000 for the post of a driver and support staff, respectively.
Ms. Asha Mwachivo, a business woman in Ukunda alleges she fell victim to Gakweli’s cunning ways detailing how she was conned a total of Sh 23,000 after he approached her with non-existent job offers.
According to Ms. Mwachivo, the suspect pretended to speak to Mr. Riga and Ms. Tabwara on phone whenever they met to discuss the job issue.
But when the suspect was asked to name the people who he claimed to be acting for he refused to identify them prompting the board vice chair Ms. Tabwara to refer the matter to the police for investigations.
“I really do not know what made me to do such a thing yet I know the victim very well,” suspect said as he was whisked away by the County askaris who handed him over to the police.
Ms. Tabwara urged local residents to be wary of con artists out to swindle them with promises of non-existent county jobs.
“We are planning to conduct ward clinics to educate people at the grassroots on what they need to know about the procedures of employment by the county government,” she added.
This is the second case of a con game involving jobs to occur in the county, the first one having been reported in November last year in which the suspect targeted shortlisted candidates for bribes using the name of the board.