Speaking during the launch of the Excellence Charter developed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), the CS noted that the spike in money-laundering activities, known as ‘wash wash’, was driven by individual’s need to maintain expensive lifestyles.
He further noted that in under two years, the ministry had recovered over 14,000 guns that were held by the wrong people.
He also urged the public to step up into a more active role in fighting white-collar crime.
“All these people who are running wash wash activities and money laundering in estates, and the characters who are trying to abduct kids live in our midst. It is very helpful for the public to be conscious of the rising levels of crime.
“Because we’ve become intensely materialistic, people are running money-laundering rackets that have been under cover for a very long time. In two years alone, we have collected close to 14,000 guns and over 400,000 bullets from wrong hands,” he stated.
His clarion call comes at the backdrop of a series of sophisticated crimes uncovered by detectives, as the government banks on inter-agency collaboration to improve security.
In mid-May, a woman believed to be the brains behind an online App known as Amazon Web Worker was arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for allegedly running a ponzi scheme that defrauded Kenyans millions.
At the time the App went down hundreds of Kenyans who had set up accounts and even referred their families and friends to join with the promise of making money online, had varying amounts in the system which they could not access.
One person had invested Ksh10,000 while another put in Ksh50,000 and others depositing up to Ksh300,000 in the app.
During his speech, Matiang’i lauded the Charter as a greater commitment by the ODPP to advance inter-agency collaboration towards achieving excellence in complex litigation and emerging crimes.
“The launch of the Excellence Charter is a new ground that you have broken. You have immediately thrown a challenge to all of us. You are now blazing the trail, and we need to follow suit and develop a similar culture of excellence.
“Agreeing to develop an accountability framework is the first admission by the ODPP that they are ready and willing to serve in a modern way and in line with the demands of our time,” stated Matiang’i.