NAIROBI, Kenya, March 18 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission now says it is ready to receive Swiss documents on Anglo-Leasing contracts for review and further analysis from the Attorney General’s office.
In a letter written to Attorney General Githu Muigai, the anti-graft body stated that the documents are expected to provide new insight into the scandal.
“This is to confirm that the commission is now ready to receive the documents for review and further analysis. Our Mr Henry Mwithia who is our senior Forensic Investigator will be at hand to receive them,” the letter stated.
The commission will also provide the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions with copies of the documents once they receive them.
Swiss authorities had handed over a dossier on what they know about complex cash transfers behind the Anglo-Leasing scandal to Kenya.
Swiss authorities completed investigations on the transactions several years ago, but were unable to present the information to Kenya partly as a result of legal challenges, but also due to what was largely seen as lack of political will.
The dossier presents Kenyan investigators with new details on the complex transactions, including new insight into the money trail.
Reputed as a haven for money laundered out of Africa by corrupt leaders, Switzerland has been keen to cooperate with investigating authorities on the continent in a bid to clear its name.
In 2009, the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) requested Swiss authorities to carry out investigations on a number of companies.
Specifically, KACC requested the Attorney-General in Switzerland to investigate bank accounts of companies suspected to have crafted the shady transactions, interview individuals and Swiss institutions involved in the dealings, seize the equipment belonging to the shady companies and freeze their assets.
The information delivered to Kenya by the Swiss authorities is expected to provide fresh insight on Geneva-based letter box companies, cases where banks and financial intermediaries had accepted to act as letter boxes for the shady companies, and how a series of banks and intermediaries failed to comply with “know your customer regulations”.
The details may also lift the veil on the identity of the party who transferred billions of shillings to the Kenya Government in 2004 when the Anglo-Leasing scandal became public.