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NYS suspect received Sh23m Range Rover in KenCom basement, court told

A witness narrated to a judge how a suspect in the Sh791 million National Youth Service scandal received a sports utility vehicle inside the basement of the popular Kencom Building in Nairobi after paying Sh23 million.

Testifying before a senior principal magistrate Ms Martha Mutuku, Charles James Oduor, a sales executive at RMA Motors Company, said the vehicle is registered in the name of John Kago, and not Mr Ben Gethi, his co-accused.

The witness said it is Mr Kago who paid both the deposit of Sh10 million on January 20, 2015 and the balance of Sh13 million to secure the motor vehicle.


“The said motor vehicle was delivered and received by Mr Kago at the basement parking area of Kencom House. It has never been transferred to Gethi,” said Mr Oduor.

The vehicle, a posh Ranger Rover registration number KCB 750Z, is valued at Sh23million.

Cross-examined by defence counsel, Mr Oduor said he did not know the source of the money that was used to purchase the vehicle.

Mr Gethi is charged alongside Ms Josephine Kabura, Ben Gethi, John Kago, Samuel Wachenje, Anthony Gethii Kihara, Benson Gachoka, John Hope, Martin Gachara, Jedida Wangari, Charity Wangui and lawyer Patrick Ogolla.

They have denied money laundering charges against them. The hearing continues on Tuesday. All the suspects are out on bond.