James Wanjohi, a businessman, appears before DCI


Businessman James Wanjohi, who had been linked to allegations of visa fraud affecting around 4,000 Kenyans, arrived in the country on Monday. Accompanied by his lawyer Ndegwa Njiru, Wanjohi voluntarily presented himself at the Nairobi Regional Police headquarters to provide his side of the story.


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Njiru stated that they met with officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and recorded statements regarding the complaints against Wanjohi. He refuted the fraud claims, emphasizing that they provided what they believed to be the accurate account of the situation.

“We have given our statement. Contrary to previous media reports, my client has not been involved in any fraudulent activities,” Njiru stated. “We willingly cooperated with the investigation officer and addressed each allegation.”

Njiru clarified that Wanjohi’s business is not a recruitment agency but rather a visa facilitation service. He dismissed claims of business closure and asserted that their operations are legitimate and ongoing.


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Regarding the allegations, Wanjohi himself described them as baseless and aimed at damaging his reputation and that of his company. He also clarified that he is no longer affiliated with a church mission, refuting claims of being a preacher.

Speaking about his company, Worthstart, Wanjohi acknowledged facilitating visa processing but emphasized that approval is not guaranteed and depends on embassy discretion. He attributed the allegations to business rivalry orchestrated by his adversaries.

The Worthstart Company, according to Wanjohi, has been operational for less than a year, making it implausible to have served thousands of clients within such a short period.

He denied being sought by detectives over the matter, stating that he has not received any official summons. The raid on Worthstart Africa offices, conducted by detectives on April 24, was part of the ongoing investigation following statements recorded from some of the alleged victims.

The complainants claimed to have paid agency fees ranging from Sh100,000 to Sh140,000 for overseas job and visa applications, with promises of travel within three months. However, after the specified period elapsed, communication reportedly ceased, leading to confrontations with the agency. Many of the affected individuals were purportedly members of the Jesus Culture Ministry.


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