How undercover EACC sleuths arrested Parklands MCA in Sh5.7m extortion plot
Details have emerged how a Nairobi County MCA was lured into a trap by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in a Sh5.7 million extortion plot.
Parklands MCA Jahendra Malde was nabbed on Friday by EACC sleuths following a tip-off.
The first time MCA was to receive the amount as an inducement to prevail on senior City Hall officials not to order the demolition of a hotel supposedly built on a riparian land.
Mr Malde had allegedly arranged to extort Sh5.7 million from owners of Concord Hotel in Westlands which belongs to Chatur’s family- Rahim Chatur and his father Madat Chatur.
In a leaked phone conversation, which we cannot verify its authenticity, the MCA is told to go to a certain city bank and pick the money from a cashier by the name Alice.
Apparently, Ms Alice, who pretended to be a staff of the city bank, was an EACC agent who was to trap the MCA with the treated money.
The MCA can be heard complaining that the family is delaying in remitting the money they had agreed on.
To cover his footprints, Malde instead of going to collect the cash himself sent another person, a lady only identified as Priti, to collect the money.
But agent Alice did not give Priti the money insisting that the cash had to be delivered to the MCA himself.
On reaching the destination, other EACC sleuths pounced on Malde after he had received the Sh5.7 million stashed in a box.
The Chatur family has been linked with the grabbing of land in Gigiri area meant for construction of a fire station. The land was repossessed two weeks ago by Governor Mike Sonko.
MCA Malde, the chairperson of the Nairobi County Assembly Legal and Justice Committee, is said to have approached the Chatur’s saying that he will help protect their Concord Hotel from demolition.