Once upon a time, two of Kenya’s richest men have reportedly stolen millions of dollars of public funds. But now, these funds are being returned to the country to help buy life-saving Covid-19 equipment and PPE Kits.

The deal with Jersey, a self-governing island in the English Channel between England and France, was eulogized as “a victory for the people of Kenya,” by Manoah Esipisu, High Commissioner in the UK.

The affluent kingpin of Kenya’s power company, Samuel Gichuru, and his wife Salome Njeri were divorced in 2006. While splitting up their assets and money, Ms. Njeri felt she’ll never get her fair share. She claimed that some of her husband’s assets worth millions of dollars were being hidden from the proceedings in Jersey.

The money originated in Kenya and was being fed through the Jersey company. The £3million was seized in 2016 following the judgment of Jersey-registered company Windward Trading Ltd. for money laundering offenses.

 

Now, Jersey has decided to send the huge amount of money back after Her Majesty’s Attorney General for Jersey legalized and signed an Asset Recovery Agreement (ARA) with the Kenyan government.

Kenya will use this money to fight Covid-19, including buying medical equipment such as PPE kits.

Jersey’s Attorney General, Mark Temple QC, said: “I am delighted that we have concluded this agreement to return these funds to Kenya to support their efforts in combating COVID-19.”

“Corruption is not a victimless crime. It has both direct and indirect consequences for people living in countries where corrupt practices have taken place. The signing of this agreement today shows that Jersey does not tolerate financial crime and that our officers will confiscate monies associated with corruption and ensure that such funds are returned for the benefit of the people who have suffered from the effects of corruption.”

“We have already prosecuted the Jersey company involved for money laundering offenses, and continue to support the ongoing extradition proceedings by the prosecuting authority in
Kenya to bring the individuals responsible to justice.”

 

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