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Kenya | Corruption LEACC obtains a court decision to freeze the 62 million seized from the home of the nephew of the former Minister of Finance, Mr. Yatani

  • May 7, 2024
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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has sought a High Court order to freeze $460,000 (Sh62,100,000) seized from the nephew of former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

The funds were confiscated from the residence of Ibrae Doko Yatani on April 24, 2024 as part of the ongoing investigation into former Secretary of State Yatani.

The ruling was delivered by Justice Esther Maina at the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the Milimani High Court.

“I have reviewed the motion instituting proceedings dated April 30, 2024 which is presented in the form of a certificate of urgency with a fixed date. The initial request is granted as I am satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to preserve the funds,” she said.

The Court ruled that the order would be in force for a period of six months, as provided for in section 56(3) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act (ACECA).

Justice Maina directed the EACC to serve the documents on Ibrae Doko Yatani within seven days.

The anti-corruption agency told the court it had to investigate the origin of the money.

Ibrae Doko Yatani, acting through his company Al Habib Enterprises, is accused of irregularly receiving Sh71,790,897 from the Marsabit County Government.

The EACC is currently investigating the former Treasury director over allegations of embezzling Sh1.2 billion of public funds during his tenure as Marsabit governor.