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NYS suspect’s sister charged with money laundering

A sister to a key suspect in the National Youth Service Sh791 million scandal flew into the country from the United States to answer charges of money laundering.

Ms Jedidah Gethi surrendered to Court and denied a charge of money laundering also filed against his brother, Mr Ben Gethi.

But senior principal magistrate Ms Martha Mutuku was told by State prosecutor Mr Duncan Ondimu that the mother of the two (Ben and Jedidah) Ms Charity Gethi has been exonerated from blame by the High Court.

“Ms Gethi has since been cleared by the High Court after a judge ruled that the property allegedly bought using the NYS money was not registered in her name,” Mr Ondimu revealed.

Her name has been struck off from those charged with acquiring property using the money allegedly stolen from NYS.

Ms Jedidah asked the court to lift the warrant of arrest since she had been out of the jurisdiction of the court.

“I urge this court to lift the warrant of arrest issued against me and grant me reasonable cash bail given that I voluntarily surrendered to the court,” Ms Jedidah urged.

Mr Ondimu did not oppose her plea saying “all the other suspects in this case are out on bond.”

He however said the case against Ms Jedidah will be consolidated with another in which her brother Ben, Ms Josephine Kabura Irungu and six others were each released on cash bails of Sh300,000 or an alternative bond of Sh1 million.

All the suspects have pleaded not guilty to 15 counts relating to transactions the prosecution says involved the stolen funds.

According to the charge sheet, the accused are alleged to have committed the offence between December 2014 and April 2015.

The prosecution says property was bought including cars, plots and houses using the NYS cash but concealed under pseudo company names.

Mr Gethi and Ms Kaburu are out on a Sh3 million cash bail in a separate case alongside former NYS officials Nelson Githinji and former Planning PS Peter Mangiti.

The charges state that between December 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 in Nairobi, they jointly engaged in an arrangement for the purchase of motor vehicle at the cost of Sh23 million while knowing that the said money was proceeds of crime.

Ms Kabura and Mr John Kago denied that they bought a car costing Sh6.3 million from the stolen NYS money.

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