Former CS Mwangi Kiunjuri under investigation over alleged money laundering
By Daisy Okanga | Former Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri is now under investigation over alleged money laundering.
The police detectives have secured a major win after they were allowed to access all his bank accounts in the course of their investigation by the magistrate.
The court allowed the investigators to work with the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) to access Kiunjuri’s bank accounts at Equity Bank or any other bank account that is under his name.
“There are reasonable grounds to believe that the suspect’s bank accounts were used as conduit of money laundering in efforts to conceal, disguise the nature, source, disposition and movement of the illicit funds and should be preserved,” said ARA in a report published by Business Daily.
They also will go through all the companies that they are suspected to be owned or associated with Mr. Kiunjuri including Petlico Agencies Company Ltd, Karandi Farm Ltd, Skytop Agencies, Riang International Group, Encartar Diagnostic Ltd and Beth Wacheri Wacunga.
The investigations had earlier on started after his close relative Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua’s bank account was frozen with money worth Ksh 5.8 billion, which is said to be recovered from the different government establishments over the past seven years, Business Daily reported.
ARA detectives told the Court that they believe that some of the monies paid to Rigathi were transferred to Kinjuri’s bank accounts.
This is linked to the fact that former Agriculture CS Kiunjuri supervised the National Irrigation Board which paid some of the money to the Mathira MP.