11 NYS scandal suspects charged with money laundering

A file photo of Nairobi businesswoman Josephine Kabura.
A file photo of Nairobi businesswoman Josephine Kabura.

Eight suspects in the Sh791 National Youth Service scam have finally been charged with money laundering.

Business people Josephine Kabura and Ben Gethi appeared before Nairobi chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo alongside six others on Monday.

They denied 15 counts of money laundering and were released on Sh300,000 cash bail of Sh1 million bond each.

The eight were accused of colluding to wire the amount from NYS coffers and using part of it to purchase property through phony companies.

They allegedly committed the offences

between December 1, 2014 and March 2015.

Gethi's mother Charity, his sister Jedida Wangari and one other suspect did not appear in court.

The magistrate

heard that Charity was admitted at Melchizedek Hospital in Nairobi. He

issued warrants for the arrest of the two.

The 11 suspects were to answer to the charges in February but were yet to following multiple applications.

High Court Justice Joseph Onguto ordered charges against them in June after dismissing their seven applications.

Onguto said Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko did not abuse his powers in preferring charges against them, and that their prosecution was justified.

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The suspects then moved to the Court of Appeal seeking to stop the charges against them.

They had urged Ogembo to delay their plea taking to allow them to pursue the appeal.

Also charged with fraud were former NYS boss Nelson Githinji and former Planning PS Peter Mangiti. They denied the charges and were .

The case will continue on November 7.