The Senate Standing Committee on Labour and Social Welfare will on Monday 3rd and 4th of this month meet victims of alleged fraud by the First Choice recruitment and consultancy agency in Eldoret.
The sittings expected to be held in Uasin Gishu county will enable more petitioners of the said fraud air their grievances and provide more evidence to the committee pursuant to a Petition filed in the Senate by the petitioners through a human right activist Kimutai Kirui .
“We urge all victims to appear before the committee, this is the only way to get Justice,DCI officers from the Economic crime unit are currently recording statements from victims at the Eldoret Central Police station,we also implore upon those who have not recorded their statements to do so”Opined Kimutai
The sittings will be conducted jointly with the Uasin Gishu County assembly Committee on Labour and social welfare.
Previously an Ad-hoc Committee of the County Assembly had dealt with a similar petition and their report findings are yet to be implemented by the Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii as well as other government agencies including the Inspector General of Police .
The report by the committee led by the Chair Gilbert Chepkonga Had directed that the Uasin Gishu County Government to immediately revoke the Agency’s business permit and ordered that the Inspector General of Police should ensure that the over 8,000 victims of the arranged fraud were fully compensated of their monies and their travel documents handed back.
The committee established that the agency defrauded the victims over Sh 320M.
The First Choice manager Judy Jepchirchir was also declared hostile by the committee after she was stood down for failing to comply.
Uasin Gishu senator Jackson Mandago,Businessman David Lagat and Cabinet Secretary for Cooperatives and SMES Simon Chelugui have been mentioned in the petition.