State seeks to recover Sh33 million from former PS

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 00:00 |
Former Youth Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo. Photo/Courtesy

The High Court will on March 25 rule on whether the government should  seize Sh32.9 million belonging  former Youth Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo.

The money is reportedly stashed in 10 bank accounts registered in the names of her children and three companies associated with her. All the accounts have since been frozen.

Appearing before Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi, the Assets  Recovery Agency (ARA) asked the court to declare forfeiture of funds in Omollo’s  accounts to the State as they allegedly are proceeds of crime.

In it’s submissions, ARA through State Counsel Adow Mohammed, urged the court to allow the government to confiscate the money as it was gotten from illegitimate sources. 

 Adow said an analysis of the accounts opening forms and statements of accounts belonging to the former PS and her companies established that there were massive suspicious cash deposits, withdrawals and intra and inter transfers to accounts within the same banks and other banks

Source of money

He said despite Omollo being given an opportunity to explain her source of money, her explanation was not satisfactory.  

 Adow further told the court that the former PS never tabled any evidence that the said funds or deposits were from her salary or from where she worked previously before joining the public service. 

But Omollo, through lawyer Stephen Ligunya, urged the court to disallow the application saying that there is nothing to show the money traced to her accounts was obtained from the National Youth Service.  

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