A Member of Parliament has accused a 22-year-old man of hacking his bank accounts and stealing Sh. 133,000.
Matungulu Member of Parliament Stephen Mule alleges that his M-Pesa amd bank accounts were hacked by Boniface Kirui who is a job seeker.
The MP alleges that Kirui took the money and borrowed loans from mobile apps on his phone.
“Apart from my M-Pesa account, the hackers accessed my Timiza, Mshwari, Vooma app, my Kenya Commercial Bank, my KCB M-Pesa, Absa and Co-operative Bank accounts,” MP Mule tokd the court when he testified before Milimani Magistrate Gilbert Shikwe.
Mule further claimed that Kirui had confessed to detectives working for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Cyber Crime Unit that he had hacked the accounts with a group of other people.
“Nobody is safe in this country including investors and multinational companies as hackers with immense skills in manipulating people’s bank accounts are on the loose and withdrawing huge sums of money from the accounts without their knowledge,” Mule told the court.
During cross-examination, Kirui asked Mule if the name Kirui had appeared in any of the M-Pesa and bank transactions to indicate that he was the hacker.
In response, the Member of Parliament claimed that Kirui’s name did not appear in the transactions because Kirui and his hackers had electronically forged his national identity card to open his bank accounts from which they withdrew the money.
The court remanded Kirui until September 27, 2023 when the case will come up for another session of hearing.