Jalang’o won’t sue after being named in a 1 billion fake gold scam allegedly targeting a Tunisian national.
Lang’ata MP Jalang’o, has announced that he will not be pursuing legal action against a newspaper publication that previously implicated him and two other politicians in a Sh 1 billion fake gold scam.
His decision to forgo legal action comes as a surprise to many, especially after his initial vehement response to the publication’s claims. In an online interview, the embattled MP shed light on his change of heart and his reasons for not pursuing a lawsuit against the tabloid.
He stated, “I woke up and found myself in that paper. It is unfortunate that we have rogue media. We were planning to sue, but I have been advised that those papers thrive on such news. I have realized they have written negative stories about everyone. It is not true, and for us, we conduct clean business and work hard. I don’t even know where the story came from. When you read the story, you know there is no substance. It is clickbait. My name is clean.”
Jalango’s initial reaction to the publication’s claims was one of outrage, with a vow to take legal action against the tabloid. He even expressed his determination to hold rogue media accountable for defamatory stories.
However, it appears he has reconsidered his stance, opting not to fuel further controversy.
The controversy stemmed from a Citizen Weekly article published on September 12, 2023, implicating Jalango as one of the youthful parliamentarians arrested by investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in connection to the fake gold scam. The report alleged that he was arrested at the scene of the alleged crime.
The arrests in question involved several suspects from various regions in Kenya, including lawmakers from Rift Valley, Nyanza, and Nairobi, as well as a Senator, an MP, and a DCI officer based in Kitui.
They were reportedly found in possession of counterfeit gold and fake dollars, which they intended to sell to the Tunisian national. The transaction involved the Tunisian paying Sh 400 million to view the gold, with an additional Sh 600 million to be paid after the gold had been smelted and delivered to him for verification.
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