, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 – Lawyer Patrick Ogola who is among 11 persons to be prosecuted for laundering Sh791 million stolen from the National Youth Service, has denied the claim.
In an affidavit challenging his involvement in the scam, Ogola has denied receiving Sh103 million from his co-accused and client John Mugo as payment.
He says he received the funds from Mugo to execute the transfer of assets.
“It is intended by the Asset Recovery Agency to create an impression that I was the beneficiary of the sum rather than an advocate acting in the normal course of his duties upon his client’s instructions.”
Ogola says Sh60 million was for the purchase of property in Rosslyn Estate and the other Sh50 million was returned to Mugo after a conveyance transaction fell through.
He’s also denied ownership of a Range Rover Vogue the Asset Recovery Agency has sought to attach, stating that while he had intended to purchase it from Mugo, the transfer was never completed.
“In the course of my dealings with my client I developed a good rapport with him that culminated in his offer to sell me his motor vehicle. Kago would grant me a period of 18 months to raise the purchase price during which time he would maintain ownership and possession.”
He’s therefore questioned his inclusion in the list of eleven.
Mugo’s innocence has on the other hand been defended by their co-accused Josephine Kabura who in an affidavit of her own said he had nothing to do with the fraudulent dealings at the NYS.
She states the businessman’s only connection to her is that they both bank with Family Bank and she once gave him a personal loan of Sh60 million which he paid back with interest.
“I never informed or involved him in any of my contracts at NYS either those under investigation by the several investigative agencies or any other.”
Kabura also alleges that Matipei Sautet of the Banking Fraud Investigative Unit who Ogola says questioned him over the funds received from Mugo, was compromised.
She claims to have handed over Sh80 million to him and the head of the banking fraud unit Joseph Mugwanja on former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru’s instruction.
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“She said they would keep it safely away from even NIS who had been looped into the case.”