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11 NYS suspects now face money laundering charges

By CYRUS OMBATI | February 16th 2016 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

The Director of Public Prosecutions has charged 11 people named in the Sh791 million National Youth Service scam with money laundering.

A lawyer who carried out transactions in the saga is among those listed to be charged after DPP Keriako Tobiko approved the charges. They are accused of money laundering contrary to sections three and four of the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering Act.

They are lawyer Patrick Onyango Ogola, John Kago, Josephine Kabura, Charity Gethi, Samuel Wachenje, Anthony Gethii Kihara, Benson Gachoka, Benson Gethi, John Hope Vandamme, Martin Gachara Wanjohi and Jedida Wangari.

Some of the suspects are already battling to save their property after the Assets Recovery Agency filed a case to seize their assets.

They denied having done any business with NYS, or receiving any money directly or indirectly from the institution. They also denied being directors or shareholders of any company involved in the dealings.

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They have made applications to the court to challenge orders issued to freeze their assets over corruption allegations. Mr Ogola whose property has been frozen has confirmed he received Sh103 million from Mr Kago but said it was conveyancing transactions.

"I co-operated with Corporal Sautet Jeremiah Matipei and made two detailed statements explaining that my firm had received the total sum of Sh103,000,000.00 from the said Mr John Kago Ndugu for the purposes on two conveyancing transactions," he says in court papers.

The lawyer said he spent Sh60 million to purchase a piece of land and Sh50 million for a transaction that did not proceed and that the cash was thereafter forwarded to a bank account designated by Kago. He said offered to sell Kago a vehicle registration number KCB 750Z.


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