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DCI Pounce on Suspected International Spy


  • The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Sunday, October 18, nabbed Archibald Kalela Mwandawiro, a man suspected to be an international spy.

    The 52-year-old was arrested after a sting operation by Special Service Unit (SSU) at Milondo in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County.

    The SSU detectives seized devices used in the interception, access and transmission of messages to unauthorized recipients.

    An image of items seized
    Some of the items seized during the arrest of Archibald Kalela Mwandawiro an international spy suspect on Sunday 18 October 2020.

    The detectives managed to track the suspect to his house after acting on intelligence and managed to obtain a number of sim cards.

    “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.

    “Four Internet Routers, a GSM Skyline inserted with 64 sim cards, 25 modems, 83 sim cards, 76 sim cards, an electric Inverter, a laptop and mobile handset among others,” read DCI’s statement in part.

    DCI established that the widely travelled suspect is a computer science expert from a local university, who sends espionage materials to a country in the West.

    The suspect is currently under DCI custody for further interrogation as the detectives continue with the investigations.

    It has not yet been established which countries the alleged international spy was in contact with and what information he may have relayed. 

    Back in January Police arrested a foreign terror suspect who was allegedly conducting surveillance on Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) Air Force Base in Nairobi.

    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Simon Kiragu
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