If ever a wedding stopped Kenyans in their tracks for its exclusivity and the amount of money spent, it had to be Jared Otieno’s to Kendi Mwiti.
The flare, the flashy vehicles, the helicopters jostling for landing space, KSh 15 million for a one day event, Kenyans could not stop talking about the wedding that took place in May 2015.
That money was just for the wedding, the dowry ceremony was even more expensive than the 15 million -it was placed at around KSh 33 million.
Women envied and men wished.Top creams of the society were in attendance – it was expected though. Among the prominent figures at the wedding were Senators Kiraitu Murungi, James Orengo, Anyang Nyong’o and his wife Dorothy Nyong’o, Naisula Lesuuda, Citizen TV’s Swaleh Mdoe, comedian Jalang’o, Ambassador Chirau Ali Mwakwere and other top administrators and businessmen.
The guests were chauffeured to the lush hotel along Thika Superhighway in a convoy with police outriders. The wedding set up accommodated a reported 1200 guests. But nothing under the sun stays hidden
Turns out, Otieno is nothing but a con artiste who has swindled foreigners out of hundreds of millions in fake gold deals.
Otieno assumed pseudo names like Smith Mackenzie and Smith Mackenzie Otieno, and was exposed for duping foreigners into buying gold from him and charging them for non-existent service transactions during their dealings.
He is suspected of being part of a Kenyan based international ring of fraudsters that offer gold to foreign buyers at heavily discounted buyers but ends up selling buyers air.
According to a Daily Nation expose on Sunday, Februaru 26, they also shipped pieces of gold colored scrap metal to victims who prepay for the precious metal.
Otieno was exposed for duping Christian Gallati, an Austrian national of KSh 13.7 million and an extra KSh 57 million, a Venezuelan national lost KSh 170 million to him after promising to give him KSh 1.7 billion from the sale of a prime plot in Kenya.
Many other foreigners lined up with the same accusations against Otieno and his cronies.
However, National Police spokesman George Kinoti said all allegations reported are investigated.
“If any criminal ingredients is established, the matter will be presented in court in collaboration with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,” said Kinoti.