Matiang'i's War Cry To 'Wash Wash' Criminals Across Estates

The CS noted that the increase in money-laundering activities, known as 'wash wash', was driven by individual's need to maintain expensive lifestyles.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i on Tuesday, June 8 promised to hunt down those behind 'wash wash crimes' in Kenyan estates after stating that there has been an increase in crimes of that manner. 

Speaking during the launch of the Excellence Charter developed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), the CS noted that the increase in money-laundering activities, known as 'wash wash', was driven by individual's need to maintain expensive lifestyles.

He further noted that in less than two years, the ministry had recovered over 14,000 guns that were held by unauthorised people.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i. /FILE 

He also urged the public to step up into a more active role in fighting white-collar crime.

"All these people who are running wash wash activities and money laundering in estates, and the characters who are trying to abduct kids live in our midst. It is very helpful for the public to be conscious of the rising levels of crime.

“Because we’ve become intensely materialistic, people are running money-laundering rackets that have been under cover for a very long time. In two years alone, we have collected close to 14,000 guns and over 400,000 bullets from wrong hands," he stated.

His bold call comes at the backdrop of a series of sophisticated crimes uncovered by detectives, as the government is turning to inter-agency collaboration to step up security, particularly online.

A woman believed to have swindled millions of shillings from Kenyans in a fraudulent scheme known as Amazon Web Workerwas on Friday, May 28 arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives.

The 50-year-old woman, Stacey Marie Parker, was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), after flying into the country from the United States (US).

Parker’s arrest followed intensive investigations by serious crimes detectives that linked her to the Ponzi scheme that has duped unsuspecting investors millions of shillings.

Social media platforms were flooded with advertisements that tried tempting Kenyans into a scheme that promised to double one’s deposits in a month. In one such advertisement, investors who deposited Ksh100,000 were promised Ksh351,000 after 30 days.

The app was deleted from the Google Play store the previous weekend without prior or official notice. By the time the app was deleted, hundreds of Kenyans had set up accounts and even referred their families and friends to join, promising them that they will make money online. They also had varying amounts in the system jointly up to millions of shillings which they could not access.

The amount of investment varied with the subscription packages on offer. People who signed up could earn by completing tasks as well as referring others to the platform.

Many were lured with different investment options on the app that reportedly offered returns of up to 38.5% for a deposit of seven days.

The App is not affiliated with international retailer Amazon which lists all its affiliates on its website and the apps are created by Amazon Mobile LLC. Additionally the website that hosted the platform is no longer online neither is the Facebook or the Twitter page.

50-year-old woman, Stacey Marie Parker, who was arrested at JKIA for being linked to the Amazon Web Worker scheme. /TWITTER