Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has arrested a foreigner at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), with $975,000 (Sh110,760,000) in cash, suspected to be part of a money-laundering scheme.
The foreigner, a Bahraini national Khalid Jameel Saeed, was arrested following security beef-up in the country after the Dutch, German and French embassies in Kenya issued terror alerts.
Following the arrest, Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso called for vigilance from members of the public, saying, “We urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities through our toll-free numbers: 999, 911, 112, and 0800722203.”
Last week, the European (UK, Dutch and German) and US embassies warned of a terror alert asking their citizens to exercise vigilance and avoid frequenting some of these public places.
UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office (FCDO) warned against non-essential travel to areas within 60 kilometres of the Kenya-Somali border, Eastern Garissa County (up to 20km North-West of the A3). Travel alerts were also issued for Mandera, Lamu and Tana River counties.
The terror alert comes as the Kenyan Government beefs up security at its border points and throughout the country under the multi-Agency framework, which focuses on deterring corruption and economical crimes.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is keen on curbing graft in the country especially amidst heightened campaigns ahead of the 2022 elections. The multi-agency framework comprises of Office of the Attorney General [OAG]; Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission [EACC]; Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions [ODPP]; Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI); National Intelligence Service [NIS]; Financial Reporting Centre [FRC]; Asset Recovery Agency [ARA]; Kenya Revenue Authority [KRA]; Central Bank of Kenya [CBK]; and the Executive Office of the President (EOP).
The team has been instrumental in the fight against corruption through the sharing of intelligence and heightened inter-agency collaborations to support the fight against graft, which is at the core of President Kenyatta’s governance.