Sugoi musician arrested for allegedly impersonating DP Gachagua to con Kenyans out of money to remain in custody

A man accused of operating a fake Facebook account bearing the name of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and using it to con unsuspecting Kenyans out of their money will remain in police custody for two more days.

A Milimani Law Court chief magistrate on Tuesday, December 20 allowed the police to hold Collins Kipleting Serem in custody while they conclude a forensic examination on his mobile phone.

The police will also use the grace period to probe Serem’s bank accounts as well as obtain details from the National Registration Bureau to ascertain his exact identity.

The court heard that police will need to obtain a report from the Communication Authority of Kenya regarding the said Facebook account and record statements from various witnesses.

Serem’s arrest

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Serem alias Rengstar is a benga artist based in Kamplemur village in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County.

He was arrested after he allegedly created the Facebook account and obtained money from unsuspecting netizens, allegedly meant for feeding Kenyans facing hunger.

The suspect is said to have published a pay bill number connected to an account at Eldoret’s Standard Chartered Bank and appealed to his over 14,000 followers to come together and raise funds for the victims of hunger, promising God’s blessings to those who would heed to the appeal.

Sleuths attached to the Deputy President’s office launched a manhunt for the suspect and arrested him in Sugoi.


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