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NGO associated with Raila’s family deregistered

An NGO associated with Rosemary Odinga, daughter of Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga, has been deregistered and its account with Sh70 million frozen.

NGO Coordination Board executive director Fazul Mohamed wrote to the chairperson of Key Empowerment Foundation Kenya, to say it was deregistered on August 4.

The letter obtained by the Nation also said the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has been advised to freeze its account “with immediate effect.”

Mr Mohamed told the Nation that CBK had upheld the decision to freeze the account and that it had Sh70 million at the time the order was effected.

On Wednesday, a statement signed by Mr Odinga’s Communications Director Dennis Onyango applied for registration, submitted all the requirements and paid the registration fee but was yet to be issued with a certificate.

BANK ACCOUNT

“Without the certificate, there is no way it could open a bank account and receive the monies alleged,” Mr Onyango had said.

But Mr Fazul also released a certificate of registration showing that the NGO was registered on February 15, 2016.

Mr Onyango had challenged the NGO Board boss to produce it.

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The frozen account, according to Mr Mohamed’s letter is domiciled at City Bank and is called Payment of Nasa Presidential Agents.

“Your account is involved in political activities contrary to the provisions NGO Coordination Act and regulations. Your organization is operating an illegal bank account contrary to provisions of the Act and attendant regulations. The Central Bank of Kenya is hereby advised to freeze the said account with immediate effect,” the letter said.

FOREIGN FUNDS

In an earlier letter dated July 31 to Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge, the NGO Board said that the foundation received Sh530 million from the George Soros Foundation.

It further accused the NGO of accepting foreign funds to engage in subterfuge political activities globally and nefarious regime change tactics.

Mr Onyango had countered it saying Mr Odinga’s family had instructed its lawyer to start proceedings in the High Court to have Mr Mohamed declared unfit to hold public office “because of this fraud”.

Mr Mohamed had also requested the Financial Reporting Centre to start investigations to ascertain the level of criminal culpability of the organisation and its directors for possible cover-up as a strategy for money laundering and diversion of donor aid.