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Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation in trouble over foreign bank account

Kalonzo is the Trustee and Patron of the Foundation while his wife Pauline is teh Chairperson. Photo/FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 4 – The NGOs Coordination Board is investigating a foreign currency account associated with Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka—through his foundation.

The board has subsequently written to the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation seeking information about the foreign account which, it says, was opened in contravention of the NGOs Co-ordination Act.

“This account has been the principal recipient of all foreign currency amounting to million of Kenya shillings, donated to the foundation by foreign donors,” the board’s Executive Director Fazula Mahamed says of the “Secret and illegal account.”

Kalonzo who is hoping to be nominated for the presidency under the National Super Alliance (NASA) is the Trustee and Patron of the Foundation while his wife Pauline is listed as the Trustee and Chairperson. The third official is named as Martha Mulwa—the Treasurer.

In addition, the letter said, ‘the foreign currency account has been opened and is being operated in contravention of Section 12 (4) of the NGOs Co-ordination Act No. 19 of 1990, and clause 10 of the Terms and Conditions attached to the certificate of registration.”

In the letter dated March 1, the board’s Executive Director Fazul Mahamed wants the foundation to disclose within 14 days the source of funds into the account and projects they were intended for.

It has threatened unspecified legal action against the foundation if it fails to comply within the next two weeks.
Specifically, the board is accusing the foundation of “receiving donations both in cash and in kind from foreign donors” whose identities are not revealed in its Audited Accounts.

“Kindly note that it is a mandatory requirement to reveal the identity and the country of origin of all donors, their aggregate donations and the intended purpose of the funds,” Fazul’s letter to the foundation adds.

The board has now directed the foundation to provide the identity of the banks it is operating, certified bank statements for the all the accounts operated in its name from January 1, 2010, funding agreements for both foreign and local donors as well as all the projects it has undertaken in the period.

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