NYS cash theft case to proceed in June

NYS cash theft case to proceed in June

A Nairobi Court has ruled that the money laundering case facing businessman Ben Gethi, businesswoman Josephine Kabura and others over the 791 million-shilling scandal at the National Youth Service (NYS) must proceed on June 10th, 2016.

Nairobi Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo directed the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko to file his response on the application by the accused persons opposing to take plea.

The accused claim that the Magistrates’ court has no jurisdiction to handle the case and argue that the charges facing them should be dropped.

The suspects are required to answer to 15 counts of money laundering charges, arising from investigations into the theft of millions of shillings at  the NYS.

In early May, the case involving Gethi and Kabura was been postponed again after one of the accused persons, Martin Gachare, filed an application challenging the Magistrate’s jurisdiction.

Chief Magistrate Ogembo adjourned the plea taking after the DPP requested seven days to respond to the application.

The suspects were also given seven days to reply to the DPP’s response after they were enjoined to the application as interested parties.

In late February, police also instituted charges against businesswoman Josephine Kabura and 10 other people, accusing them of money laundering and purchasing prime property and state of the art vehicles with money stolen from the National Youth Service.

Kabura, John Kago Ndungu, Patrick Ogolla Onyango and Ben Gethi Wangui are accused of arranging the purchase of a Range Rover Reg. No: KCB 750Z worth 23 million shillings with proceeds of crime between December 31st, 2014 and 30th April 2015.

Kabura, Kago and Gethi’s mother, Charity Wangui Gethi, allegedly arranged the purchase of a Jeep Cherokee KCD 241Q worth 6.3 million shillings.

The DPP in another count said Samuel Mudanyi Wachenje alias Sam Mwadime engaged in the purchase of a Toyota Prado KCE 874R worth 5.2 million shillings with money stolen from NYS.

Another count accuses Kabura, Kago, Anthony Kihara Gethi and John Hope Vandamme of arrangement for the purchase of a Land Cruiser KCD 536P valued at 5.07 million shillings with part of the 791 million shillings siphoned from NYS.

Kago, Kihara and Paul Kinuthia Gachoka also allegedly purchased a Toyota Land Cruiser worth 5.2 million shillings with the same money.

The DPP further said that between 1st December 2014 and 30th April 2015, Kabura, Kago, Charity Wangui Gethi, Patrick Ogolla Onyango and Gachara Wanjohi arranged the transfer of 77.6 million shillings to an account belonging to Gethi’s mother at Faulu Kenya, among other counts.

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