Court hears how NYS suspect spent millions

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NYS chief suspect Josephine Kabura during a past court appearance. PHOTO: KENYANLIFE

Ex National Youth Service finance boss Samuel Wachenje was again of great interest on Wednesday, March 15, in the money laundering case as the prosecution tried to prove how he allegedly went on a buying spree using stolen funds.

Senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku was told that Wachenje who is charged jointly with prime suspects Josephine Kabura, Ben Gethi and eight others, bought a property worth Sh3.8 million in October 2015.

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The mother of one of NYS saga suspect Ben Gethi,Charity Wangui (left), John Kago (centre) and Josephine Kabura at the Milimani law court on Wednesday, March 15 during the hearing of their money laundering case. PHOTO: COLLINS KWEYU/THE STAR

This revelation happened just a day after a couple informed the court that Wachenje and his wife also purchased a house around the same time worth Sh21 million.

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The house to be found along Kiambu Road, belonged to Esther Nzioki and her husband, the court heard.

In the same court hearing, Cyrus Ngugi, a witness who had transacted with Sam Mwandime, aka Wachenje, said the accused paid him Sh3.575 million for the land, even though they had settled on a higher price.

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But Ngugi denied ever suspecting the money he received in the deal with Mwandime, had been stolen or knew it was part of NYS funds.

“We had agreed that the balance was to be settled on or before December 11, 2015. But it never happened,” the witness said. He went on to add that Mwandime was brought to him by another broker, but whose name he could not recall.

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Ngugi, a land dealer, said it was on October 8 that Mwandime wired the money to his account at Family Bank, Kagwe branch in Kiambu, after they put pen to paper and signed the sale agreement at a lawyer’s office situated at Reinsurance Plaza.

Eleven suspects are entangled in the NYS case and have denied a total of 15 counts of money laundering. They are out on a Sh300,000 bail each.

The hearing resumes in July.