Assets agency now wants ex-PS Omollo’s funds transferred to gov’t
The Assets Recovery Agency now wants funds in accounts belonging to former Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Mbogo-Omollo transferred to the government, further dismissing claims that they are proceeds of her farming business.
The agency, in court papers, termed the claim as “incorrect, deceitful and a ploy to disguise and hide the source of the said funds”, adding that it was a classical scheme of money laundering.
The agency says its team traveled to Uyoma in Rarieda, Siaya County, to the home of the late Ramogi Achieng Oneko — who is Lilian’s father-in-law — and established that there is no farm in existence as she had alleged.
“At the site we met one Nam Oneko, the brother-in-law of Lilian Mbogo, who informed us that the land belonged to the family of the late Achieng Oneko and is yet to be divided among family members. We further established that there is no farming activities going on the land as alleged by Lilian,” read court papers.
The investigators also stated that most receipts produced by Lilian fall outside 2016, 2017 and 2018 when funds were stolen from the National Youth Service (NYS) coffers.
They further stated that there was sufficient evidence that the funds in the ex-PS’ accounts are proceeds of crime, adding that she has not provided any evidence indicating its legitimate sources hence liable for confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act.
The agency now wants the funds held in Lilian’s accounts forfeited to the government to be applied for public good on behalf of the citizens of Kenya.
Lilian, in the case, is accused of theft of funds at NYS alongside others including former NYS Director General Richard Ndubai.
The High Court in October last year issued orders freezing 10 bank accounts belonging to Lilian.
An application she filed seeking access to the accounts was on February 4, 2019, opposed by the Assets Recovery Agency saying she earns a salary of Ksh.340,000 which they said was enough to sustain her bills and expenses.
Her lawyer, Stephen Ligunya, however submitted that the salary she was earning was not even enough for her mortgage let alone other expenses.