Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has termed the fake gold scandal as a non-issue and dismissed reports that he had been summoned to appear at the DCI on Wednesday. Speaking on the issue for the first time after a Ford Kenya party meeting, Wetangula rubbished the links, saying he isn’t aware that he is needed at the DCI. “It’s a non-issue for me, and I don’t want to engage in discussing a non-issue,” he reiterated.
The fake gold scam hit the headlines weeks ago, involving another politician, Zaheer Jhanda, where it’s alleged billions of shillings were siphoned in a deal gone sour with a UAE Sheikh. An audio recording leak of a call between the Bungoma Senator and a dealer drew more attention. In the audio, he is heard name dropping the President and Raila Odinga, and it has been an issue of public and p[oliical debate ever since. Days after the leak Wetangla jetted to Hong Kong ahead of the International Anti Corruption conference.
However, the Ford Kenya party leader said the former deputy party leader Boni Khalwale exercised his democratic right by shifting camp to Jubilee. He said the party had been going through the process of questioning Khalwale on his association with another party, and the report on the same was to be presented by Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi. “It’s his democratic decision and we wish him well,” he said, “We as a party don’t feel good that our deputy has left but as a party, we feel good that the deputy who had long abandoned the party decided to leave in a formal manner.”