Kamani’s company linked to Anglo Leasing scandal

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 00:00 |
Anglo Leasing suspects, from left Rashmi, Chamanlal and Deepak Kamani charged at the Milimani Law Courts. Photo/PD/FILE

One of the companies the country has been trying to trace in the ongoing Anglo Leasing scandal cases regarding the loss of Sh3.5 billion belongs to the Kamanis family, a Nairobi court heard yesterday.

The revelation was made when an Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detective Ignatius Wekesa, tabled documents from Britain showing that the Kamanis are the directors of Sound Day Corporation.

Wakesa told Trial Magistrate Felix Kombo that he had received information that the company directors are Chamanlal Kamani, Deepak Kamani and Rashmi Kamani from mutual legal assistance documents supplied to the former Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission  by the British government. 

In the case, Chamanlal, Deepak, Rashmi, Permanent Secretaries Joseph Magari, Dave Mwangi and David Onyonka are facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the government Sh3.5 billion in the Anglo Leasing contract known as modernisation of police security equipment and accessories.  

The Kenyan government had entered into the contract with the said Sound Day incorporated at the British Virgin Islands to supply police security equipment. 

 The witness has told the court that during their investigations, the company was not registered or incorporated in Kenya, neither had a local representative company in the country.

Sound Day and Apex Finance Corporation are some of the companies linked to the Anglo leasing scam.   

Security equipment

Through a certificate of incorporation, the court heard that the company that was allegedly involved in the contract for supply of police security equipment was incorporated on September 21, 1989 at the British Virgin Islands and that the Kamani’s were the directors of the firm having taken over from one Collins Foster in 1990.   

“Your honour we will be demonstrating to this court why companies are incorporated in British Virgin Islands to get exemptions from financial statements concealing key information and to avoid knowledge on type of business and funds,” said Wekesa.

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