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Businessman Gethi's NYS case to be heard in February

By Faith Karanja | January 21st 2016 at 00:03:43 GMT +0300

Ben Gethi

NAIROBI: A case in which the family of businessman Ben Gethi has been barred from transferring assets for 90 days will be heard in February.

Mr Gethi is accused of being one of the beneficiaries of the Sh791 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

Justice Nicholas Ombija Wednesday said he could not proceed with the matter and directed the file be placed before the judge who issued the order that barred the transfer of assets.

"I direct the matter be mentioned early February but for now I cannot issue any order," said Justice Ombija.

In a ruling, Justice Mbogholi Msagha had barred the transfer of the property following an application by the Assets Recovery Agency filed by director Muthoni Kimani. The orders had also directed vehicles in the family's disposal be seized and surrendered to police.

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"To avoid loss of the said property, an order is hereby issued prohibiting the sale, transfer or disposal or any other dealings with the properties for 90 days," the judge said.

Last month, the Kenya Revenue Authority recommended tax evasion charges against Gethi and his co-accused Josephine Kabura over the cash allegedly paid from the NYS. The NYS scandal led to the resignation of former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.

The matter will be mentioned on February 2.

Ben Gethi National Youth Service (NYS) Assets Recovery Agency
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