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Sonko warns against conmen using his name to demand kickbacks from contractors

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has warned the public against conmen using his name to demand kickbacks from contractors and suppliers.

On Wednesday, Sonko said they have received several complaints of people who have been conned by these imposters.

He said the conmen either masquerade as county government officials or personal friends to the governor.

They are asking for kickbacks from suppliers and contractors, claiming that they are acting on behalf of the City Governor.

Sonko said others pretend to help these suppliers and contractors to win county government tenders.

“To entice their targets, they promise to help in accessing and processing the loans through a partnership with Equity Bank or Safaricom. These are all falsehoods disseminated with the sole purpose of defrauding the public,” he said.

He also said the same conmen are using his name to swindle cash from unsuspecting investors and members of the public who wish to get an audience with the county government officials.

“Soliciting and receiving bribes is a criminal offence punishable by law and any person masquerading as a Nairobi County employee or associating the Governor with such criminal intentions or act should be apprehended or prosecuted,” said Sonko.

“Investors wishing to engage with the County should contact and deal with only authorized bona fide members of the County upon proper identification,” said Sonko.

He said those who have fallen prey to these conmen should report the matter to relevant authorities.

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