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A man who has been masquerading as former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and claiming to offer easy online loans has been arrested.

29-uear-old Newton Paul Kengere was arrested in Kisii’s Riokindo Ward within Kenyenya sub-county, where the handset he has been using to send enticing messages to vulnerable targets and several simcards were also recovered.

The suspect who has been impersonating the former Governor of Nairobi Hon. Mike Mbuvi Sonko and obtained thousands of shillings from unsuspecting members of the public in an educational loan bluff is now in police custody.

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Lodging his complaint at Capital Hill Police Station, Sonko reported several Facebook accounts that were being operated by the suspect, who purported to be working with the Sonko Rescue Team and coordinating an initiative to help needy parents with school fees challenges.

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Kengere went ahead to author messages that required interested persons to register with Sh1,000 for the advance loans which he said, would not accumulate any interests. To secure a loan, “applicants” had to also send their ID numbers, full names, location and state the purpose.

However, after receiving the registration fees, Kengere would shift briskly from a persistent caller to the aphoristic, “Patience pays”. That statement was all his targets would make of their Sh1,000.

DCI Nairobi Area Crime Research & Intelligence Unit team which traced him to his village is processing him before his arraignment on Jan 19.

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