A judge has blocked two companies and their two directors, which were co-accused with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s graft case. They cannot access two bank accounts, which have Sh8.4 million in total.
On Tuesday 25, February 2020 Mumbi Ngugi, the Anti-Corruption judge, ordered them to surrender nine vehicles to Asset Recovery Agency.
The judge issued temporary orders to have the money preserved by various banks. Equity bank has Sh 1.5 million, Sidian Bank, which is run by Hardi Enterprises Limited, and Toddy Civil Engineering Company has Sh 6.9 million.
The two directors are Anthony Nganga Mwaura and Rose Njeri Nganga.
The directors are accused together with Sonko in Sh 367 million graft case, which involves garbage collection tenders and conduits.
So far, the three have pleaded not guilty. Sonko’s accounts have also been frozen except Sh 20 million.
According to Asset Recovery Agency, the company’s funds are proceeds of crime since they were fraudulently acquired from Nairobi County government.
Additionally, the judge ordered Mwaura not to transfer or transact anything to do with the nine vehicles. Also, he was asked to hand over their original log books immediately.
National Transport and Safety Authority director-general was ordered to register a caveat against the nine vehicles.
Amongst the vehicles, there are three Toyota Hilux, Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Navara, Lexus, Toyota Vanguard, Mercedes Benz, and Nissan Qashqai.
Ms. Ngugi made the orders following an application made by Stephen Githinji from Assets Recovery Agency.
In the application, the agency clarified they are investigating money laundering and proceeds of crime, which have established the two companies as beneficiaries.
The agency obtained search and seizure warrants, but it was vacated on January 21, 2020.
In a statement, the agency said, “With judges interest, the orders of preservation prohibits the Respondent from dealing with the assets mentioned above.”
Several suspicious transactions were revealed from the two company’s bank statements to conceal the funds from Nairobi County Government.
In one of the suspicious transactions on November 22, 2018, Hardi Enterprise received Sh 102, 441, 130 from Nairobi Government. The money was later split into five branches.
On the same day, Toddy Limited Company Received Sh 2 million from Hardi Enterprise.
On November 23, 2018, Hardi Enterprise transferred Sh 10 million to Toddy, among other transactions.