Court freezes accounts of companies Sonko allegedly used to steal county funds
High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi has issued orders freezing accounts of two companies that the Assets and Recovery Agency alleges were conduits used by Governor Mike Sonko to steal funds from the Nairobi County Government.
One of the accounts is said to contain Ksh.1,582,677 in an account held at Equity Bank in the name of Hardi Enterprises Limited while the other bank account under Toddy Civil Engineering Company has Ksh.6,995,427 held at Sidian Bank River Road Branch.
“… investigations established that Toddy Enterprises Limited and Anthony Nganga Mwaura are conduits used by Mike Mbuvi Sonko and they jointly stole funds from Nairobi County Government and they were charged subsequently,” reads the papers.
The court has issued orders prohibiting Hardy Enterprises and Toddy Civil Engineering Company Limited or their representatives from transacting, withdrawing, transferring or dealing in any manner whatsoever in respect of funds held in the two accounts.
“A preservation order is hereby granted against Anthony Nganga Mwaura prohibiting the sale and transfer of nine motor vehicles registered in the name of Anthony Nganga Mwaura…. The third respondent (Anthony Nganga Mwaura) is hereby directed to surrender the original log book of the said motor vehicles among them a Toyota Land Cruiser and Mercedes Benz.
According to court papers, the Asset Recovery Agency investigations established that the Hardi Enterprises Limited account at Equity Bank received a total of Ksh.176 million from Nairobi County between October 15 to November 22 in eight suspicious transactions.
Similarly, the Agency says that Toddy Civil Engineering on December 17, 2018 transferred Ksh.3 million from its Equity Bank account to Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s account.
Further, during the period of April to May 2017 the second and third respondents are said to have deposited Ksh.3.6 million into Governor Sonko’s account.
“Investigations conducted by the Assets Recovery Agency into money laundering of crime have established that the respondents are beneficiaries and have acquired assets obtained from proceeds of crime,” reads court papers.
In a supporting affidavit filed in court by police officer in charge of investigation in the Assets Recovery Agency, Fredrick Musyoki, an analysis of the accounts opening forms and statements of account established that there was massive suspicious cash deposits, withdrawals, intra and inter-bank transfers to accounts within the same banks and other Banks.
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