23-year-old beggar who makes GHS 1,000 daily arrested…
A 23-year-old Tanzanian national has been nabbed while begging
for money from unsuspecting Kenyans by posing as a disabled
mother in the streets of Kenyan coastal city, Mombasa.
Ibrahim Basafar, the County Inspectorate Deputy Director in charge
of operations said the lady was nabbed following a tip off from
members of the public on the activities of suspicious
group of foreigners around the area.
Basafar said the children caught with the Tanzanian national were
not her own children but those ‘rented’ from Kenyan parents.
He said “Our officers have been investigating this syndicate of
con artists from Tanzania. We even have a court case against
one suspect who traffics them to Mombasa.”
The County inspectorate Deputy Director further revealed that the
con woman makes about Ksh 15,000 to Ksh 20,000 (GHS 800 to GHS1,000 )
a day and pays the mother of the child GHS 160 daily.
He warned parents against renting their children as the
minors are subjected to harsh conditions.
Basafar said: “The sunlight is harsh, there is dirt and sometimes
they are even rained on. These children are 10, 12 and 15 years old.
“We have people at Coast General Hospital who can’t afford medication.
They are in pain. These are the people we need to help and not these con men.”
The suspect appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Rita Amwai
and was charged with two counts of obtaining money by false pretense
and another of being in the country illegally.
She pleaded guilty to both counts and was sentenced to one year in
prison for the charge of obtaining money by false pretense.
She was also given an option of paying a fine of Ksh50,000.
On the second count of being in Kenya illegaly, Judge Amwai gave
repatriation orders after fulfillment of the first judgement.