On 18th October, detectives in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta county, raided the house of Archibald Kalela Mwandawiro and arrested him on allegations of internet fraud and money laundering.
Mr Mwandawiro is a science expert at a local university. Detectives linked him to an electronic fraud syndicate in the country. The suspect was at his home in Mlondo villagewhen the detectives showed up.
Through his twitter account, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) explained that Archibald Kalela Mwandawiro is a cyber espionage suspect. Additionally, the DCI said that detectives confiscated several devices which they believe the suspect used to intercept, access, and transmit messages to unauthorized recipients.
Officers in the raid recovered advanced communications equipment. They also recovered 25 modems, 512 sim cards, internet routers, an electric inverter, and a Global Systems for Mobile communications (GSM). The officers also confiscated a laptop and a mobile phone.
Richard Cheruiyo, the Wundanyi DCI officer, explained that the detectives raided Mr Mwandawiro’s home and carried out a search after receiving information on the same. He also said that the suspect uses the gadgets they recovered for internet hacking.
“Acting on intelligence, detectives raided the suspect’s house where on conducting a thorough search therein found, two Global Systems for Mobile communications (GSM), one fitted with 512 sim cards,” he said.
“He uses the equipment to intercept, access and transmit information from unsuspecting Kenyans,” the Wundanyi DCI officer explained.
Mr Cheruiyo also explained that the suspuct is currently at Wundanyi police station and that investigations are ongoing.
“We are working with our colleagues from the Nairobi headquarters to investigate the case,” he said.
DCI has established that the suspect has traveled widely. Reports allege that he might have been an international spy. The DCI do not have any information on the countries he might have been in contact with. They also do not know what information he might have shared with the countries.