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Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi (left) and his Communications Director, Salim Swaleh during a past meeting on January 26, 2023.

The Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs (PCS-MFDA) confirmed the arrest of several high-ranking officials within the ministry following a crackdown.

According to a press statement released by the ministry on Sunday, Salim Swaleh, who serves as the Director of the Press service at the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary (OPCS) was arrested for alleged involvement in corruption activities. 

"Those arrested include Salim Swaleh, Director of OPCS Press Service, in whose office the swindlers were found nested with fake door switch-nametags," read the statement in part.

Further, the ministry revealed that the arrested officials and their accomplices rented their offices as spaces for unscrupulous business people to conduct illegal dealings. 

According to Mudavadi's office, the officials had become adept to the illegal trade which included having the officials switch-out nametags on doors to further deceive unsuspecting victims. 

The ministry further detailed that the arrests followed a tipoff that alerted OPCS-MFDA security, who then mounted intense surveillance at the OPCS-MFDA Railways Office to disrupt the reported acts of impersonation and misuse of the facility by the fraudsters. 

To arrest the individuals, the security team tracked a group masquerading as visitors to gain entrance into the Railways Building where Mudavadi's office is located.

The  group would then falsifying their identities (as VIP guests or government officers), and the officers they purported to be visiting on different dates and times. 

Victims of the scam have been identified as mainly foreigners who would be shepherded into the Railways Building ostensibly to meet high-ranking Government officers for favours in exchange for bribes.

More to Follow... By Hellen Njoroge, Kenyans.co.ke

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