, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10 – A Nairobi Court has allowed the removal of Charity Wangui Gethi from the proceedings filed by the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) in the Sh791mn NYS probe.
Justice Lydia Achode upheld the application filed by Gethi’s lawyer Edward Oonge, that she was not party to the proceedings before the court and that the alleged property in question was not registered under her name.
Wangui was further awarded costs for being dragged into the scandal, even after making it clear that the properties which the agency claimed were purchased using her money and “were not in any way proceeds of crime.”
She is the mother of businessman Ben Gethi, who investigators claim is one of the key suspects in the multi-million shilling case.
The agency had sought to freeze both her property and that of her son.
“By consent of parties Ms Charity Gethi is removed from these proceedings as it has been established that she was not part of the proceedings as alleged by the agency,” the judge ruled.
“Whereas it is true that I engaged John Kago, a known land agent, to find, negotiate and finalize the transactions relating to the properties using funds provided by me, it is preposterous to suggest that he bought and registered them in my name using funds embezzled from the NYS,” an affidavit sworn reads.
ARA had sued Gethi, his mother, sister and 11 other individuals believed to have received proceeds of the Sh791 million stolen from the NYS.