The Kenya Revenue Authority has intensified its border surveillance, nabbing a Kenyan travelling from Burundi, with some Kshs. 238 M, on suspect of money laundering.

The suspect who had arrived through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) from Bujumbura, Burundi had the cash in foreign currency, packaged in a parcel. He raised a red flag when he declared the money wrongly with the origin as Banque de Credit, Bujumbura, to a Kenyan recipient – Brinks Global Services.

After clearance by KRA, the suspect presented the cash at the Swissport cargo shed for shipment to Global Services UK, but with different export details. KRA Customs and Border Control Commissioner Lilian Nyawanda said that in the spirit of collaborations through the multi-Agency framework, KRA had alerted Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) to assist in investigating the matter as a possible money laundering scheme.

KRA calls on passengers to correctly declare cargo as per the East Africa Community Management Act (EACMA) 2004, and is keen to intercept any passenger disregarding the law as provided by the Act. The current seizure comes two weeks after KRA intercepted a Bahraini national at JKIA with some Kshs. 107 million in US dollars as he tried to flew to Manama.

The arrests are enabled by multi-Agency collaborations through heightened surveillance and intelligence shared from sources. The multi-Agencies are investigating these two cases and many others. Information from the former arrest reveals that the suspect had tried to open bank accounts in Kenya, approaching Diamond Trust Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, but failed to provide sufficient documents to open the accounts.

“The two banks filed a suspicious activity by a foreigner who sought to bank $1 Million, “investigations revealed. The suspect named Khalid Said Ahmaad aged 55 had already spent Kshs. 2.9Million in Mombasa, Kenya by the time he was boarding a plane to Bahrain through Cairo.

The Kenyan Government has heightened surveillance across all border points in Kenya to deter any attempts of graft, that erodes the country’s focus to curb graft, especially as we head towards the 2022 elections.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has equipped Government Agencies to fight the war against graft through intelligence sharing, better collaborations and the use of technology. The war against graft is a genuine war which should be backed up by the citizens and government in equal measures, since research shows that it costs Kenyans a$1 billion each year. Translated, the money is a van estimated Kshs. 85 billion annually that could be used in the country’s development.

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