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Three Chinese, Four Kenyan Officials Arrested In Connection With SGR Ticket Scandal

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Three senior Chinese officials and four Kenyans have been arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives in connection to the multimillion SGR ticket scandal.

The seven were arrested on Friday in Mombasa after the Chinese officials tried to bribe DCI sleuths with Ksh500,000 to stop investigations.

The seven are being held at Port police station in Mombasa and will be arraigned in court on Monday.

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The three Chinese officials include the officer in-charge of transport at the Mombasa terminal, security officer and a translator.

The suspects are accused of manipulating the booking system operated by CRBC staff to split the ticket revenue between the Chinese railway operator and the cartel of insiders.

According to the Sunday Nation, one aspect of the scheme entails creating refunds for tickets already issued to passengers on board and channeling the refunds elsewhere.

It is approximated that the cartel steals Ksh1 million of ticket money on daily basis.

Media reports which were confirmed by the police indicate that the cartels collude with a popular travel agent to block seats immediately the online system is open and resell them at double or triple the prices to other stranded agents or individuals.

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Francis Muli

Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.

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