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Ben Gethi's mother, Charity Wangui, fights inclusion in NYS case

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By Kamau Muthoni | January 26th 2016

The mother of the alleged mastermind of the Sh791 million National Youth Service scam has denied any involvement in the scandal.

Ben Gethi's mother, Charity Wangui, said her name is being dragged in the mud without justification.

 In her court papers seeking to have her name expunged from court's proceedings, Ms Wangui denied that she was a  beneficiary of the proceeds.

"No evidence has been availed in the pleadings to even suggest that I am involved in what Jeremiah Matapei (the investigating officer) in paragraph 10 of his affidavit refers to as serious financial crimes and money laundering," Wangui said in her response to the case filed by the Asset Recovery Agency.

The High Court had earlier this month, blocked her and seven others from disposing or operating property valued at Sh39 million, which  was allegedly acquired using NYS money.

High Court Judge Mbogholi Msagha issued the orders targeting Wangui, Samuel Wachenje alias Samuel Mwadime, his wife Susan Mkiwa Mdanyi, Vandamme John, and Mr Gethi's kin Anthony Kihara Gethi.

The judge also issued orders against John Ndung'u, Paul Gachoka and James Kisingo.

The agency moved to court to halt dealings on three Toyota Prado vehicles, a plot in Juja East and a maisonette bought in Kasarani.

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The three vehicles allegedly bought with the stolen money are to be taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to await further court orders.

"An order is hereby issued prohibiting sale, transfer, mortgage, attachment, disposal or any dealings on the following properties for a period of 90 days from the date of the preservation order," Justice Msagha ruled.

"The applicant seems to be on a mission to tarnish my reputation and name. These proceedings are aimed at embarrassing me and my family," Wangui stated.

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