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Sunday, 23 November 2014


Hundreds of job seekers have been duped to give out thousands of shillings with a promise of landing a job at the Port of Mombasa.
Investigations reveal that a cartel of conmen and women have taken advantage of the commissioning of berth number 19 by the East African heads of state led by President Uhuru Kenyatta early this year to perfect their scheme of conning unsuspecting job seekers.
It has emerged that guardians of job seekers have parted with as much as Sh200,000 to the alleged fraudsters who pose as senior KPA managers from Human Resources Department and claim to be recruiting people to work at the container terminal berth number 19.
To convince their victims, the racketeers have reportedly saved numbers of fellow accomplices in their mobile phones with names of known top KPA managers. And once a victim is identified, the fake KPA human resource manager is telephoned and the phone put on voice over mode.
The person on the other end asks for a certain sum of money claiming the employment chances are limited and that he would only do a favour to the job seeker because he is being “taken for employment” by his very good friend and on condition that the requested amount is paid immediately.
Sources say that it is just a matter of time before the scam explodes and the port police is swarmed with complaints from conned Kenyans some of whom are poor villagers who sell livestock to raise money to ‘pay’ for their children’s employment at Kenya Ports Authority.
Berth number 19 which cost over Sh19 billion to put up will require additional staff to work at the expanded container terminal but port sources said the process of hiring workers is yet to begin. KPA chairman is Dunstan  Mungatana while the managing director is Gichiri Ndua.

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