In Summary
  • The Chinese were discovered after a fire broke out in the rented house, killing one of them. Police had gone to the house to investigate the incident when they found the group hurdled in a room that had “sophisticated” communication gadgets.
  • The Chinese ambassador to Kenya has been summoned to the Foreign Affairs ministry to explain how his nationals were running such a huge centre.
  • ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, his Foreign Affairs counterpart Amina Mohamed and DCI Director Ndegwa Muhoro visited the house Wednesday. They said the discovery of the equipment was a breakthrough in the fight against cybercrime.

A cyber-command centre capable of disrupting communication systems in the country has been found in a Nairobi estate.

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Wednesday carried out a swoop in the house in the posh Runda estate and arrested several Chinese citizens.

Police said the Chinese were preparing to raid the country’s communication systems.

The centre, with its modern software, is said to be capable of infiltrating bank accounts, M-Pesa accounts and even ATMs. It is suspected to be the biggest such centre in Africa.

The Chinese were discovered after a fire broke out in the rented house, killing one of them. Police had gone to the house to investigate the incident when they found the group hurdled in a room that had “sophisticated” communication gadgets.

By yesterday, 77 Chinese nationals were charged in a Nairobi court in connection with the activities at the premises.

On Tuesday, 37 of them appeared before magistrate Hannah Kaguru, who ruled that they be detained at Gigiri Police Station for five days to help with investigations.

And yesterday, 40 other Chinese were charged with illegally operating a radio station in Runda.

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