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Nyeri bishop backing Ruto arrested over money laundering

Nyeri bishop backing Ruto arrested over money laundering

By Justus Karanja

A bishop based in Nyeri County has been arrested over money laundering.

The AIPCA General Secretary, Bishop Bernard Maina (pictured) from Mathira Constituency in Nyeri County is being held at Muthaiga Police Station awaiting to be paraded in court on charges of money laundering and being in possession of fake dollar currency.

The fake currency was found in his car on Thursday, March 10 after five police officers trailed him.

But politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto are reading mischief in the arrest, claiming he is being persecuted for supporting the second in command’s presidential bid.

The bishop is based in Mathira Constituency which is represented in Parliament by Rigathi Gachagua, a key ally of the Deputy President.

According to Kandara MP Alice Wahome, a staunch supporter of Ruto, the bishop has been held since Thursday.

Wahome claims the bishop’s lawyers have demanded for guarantee to his safety and immediate release.

“I have personally visited him at police station and demanded for his release or that he be granted police bond to no avail and the DCI says he has orders from above: Reason behind arrest is intimidation to force him and the Supreme Board to accept to host President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Holy Oil Celebrations to be held in April,” claimed the vocal MP.

She added: “The Holy Oil Celebration is a very sacred event and the musical Chairs now surrounding the event have started to take toll on some of the leaders who are independent minded. The events were supposed to be 3 for the three(3) splinter groups of the Church to be help in different venues and now State house has ordered that it must be held in Kandara by all the groups together and the Chief Guest must be H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta whether they like it or not.”

“Unfortunately for Bernard when he said no to the request which was delivered by Kibicho through one Osea in the presence of the 3 esteemed Archbishops Wang’ombe, Julius Njoroge and Muthuri , he was told in the face by the said Osea that “the Gov’t “ itakufinya”

and that they must do as required . H.E William Ruto is a guest in April 2022 at kaburugi AIPCA for the Holy Oil Celebrations . This is the reason why the man of God has to be arrested,” said the MP.

The arrest comes at a time the government has intensified efforts to curb illicit money flow.

Three weeks ago an United Democratic Alliance parliamentary aspirant was seized at Jomo Kenyatta International Airpor.

Paul Kemboi, a Kenyan who was travelling from Burundi was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi with $2 million in foreign currency.

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) custom officials intercepted the traveller and seized his parcel.

 He was arrested on suspicion of being part of a money-laundering scheme after failing to declare the cash as required by law. 

“The money has been held and the matter is under investigation,’’ KRA commissioner for Custom and Border Control Lilian Nyawanda said in a statement.

KRA said when the passenger arrived at JKIA from Bujumbura, Burundi, he made a declaration of the currency indicating the origin as Banque de Credit de Bujumbura (BCB) to a recipient Brinks Global Services, Kenya.

After clearance by Customs Unit at the airport, the traveller later, presented the same money at the Swissport Cargo shed with different export documents for shipment to Global Services, UK.

The documents produced to support the export request were different from those produced on entry into the country.

He was later charged with the offence.


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