Officers from the banking fraud investigations unit are holding two prominent Naivasha traders in connection with the withdrawal of Sh6 million from a local bank.
The two were arrested in Nakuru where they are facing a similar case and whisked to Naivasha police station to face another charge of fraud.
The duo have been accused of withdrawing the cash from Panda Sacco through Family Bank between 2013 and 2014 by pretending to be officials.
According to a junior officer from the unit, the duo had been working with others in defrauding the Sacco by withdrawing their savings on various occasions.
“They have been charged in a Nakuru court with withdrawing over Sh9m and we have been following this case and we expect to arraign them in the court on Friday,” said the officer.
In the Naivasha case, the officer who is not authorized to speak to the press added that the two had masterminded the withdrawal of Sh6.2m from Family Bank Naivasha branch.
“This is a cartel that has been working well with other suspects to withdraw cash belonging to the Sacco by pretending that they are bona-fide officials,” he said.
The officer added that they were investigating some bank workers over the two related cases before taking the necessary action.
And elsewhere, there was a moment of panic along Moi South Lake road in Naivasha after a fire caused by an electric fault threatened to spread to a nearby clinic and staff quarters.
The incident occurred near DCK trading center forcing staff and equipment from nearby farms to intervene before more damage could be done.
Patients seeking treatment at the Finlay health center had to flee before the fire which burnt down vegetation was contained.
According to Naivasha sub-county assistant commissioner Joseph Opondo, the fire spread fast due to the dry vegetation and affected the flow of traffic on the busy road.
The commissioner said that quick action by the flower farm workers and the fire fighters from the Naivasha sub-county helped contain the inferno.
“At one time the fire threatened to spread to the nearby Finlay health center but we are grateful that this was stopped in time,” he said.
Opondo said that the sub-county was on high alert following an increase in cases of fire outbreaks majority of which were caused by herders seeking pastures for their livestock.