Cops linked me to NYS scam when I re­fused to bribe them – lawyer

Pa­trick Ogola says he has never re­ceived money from NYS be­cause he has never been a reg­is­tered sup­plier

The Star (Kenya) - - News - SA­MUEL KISIKA @TheS­tarKenya

A lawyer rep­re­sent­ing two key sus­pects in the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice scan­dal yes­ter­day dis­tanced him­self from the saga, telling MPs po­lice im­pli­cated him af­ter he re­fused to bribe them.

Pa­trick Ogola told the Na­tional Assem­bly Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee prob­ing the Sh1.9 bil­lion scan­dal he had not re­ceived any pay­ments from NYS be­cause he has never been a reg­is­tered sup­plier.

He rep­re­sented sus­pects Ben Gethi and John Kago in pur­chas­ing proper- ties such as houses be­fore the scan­dal came into the pub­lic do­main. Ogola said he han­dled more than Sh40 mil­lion of his clients’ money as a “con­veyanc­ing ad­vo­cate” in line with the law.

“I am at a com­plete loss as to how the money sent to my ac­count and paid out in the reg­u­lar course of my busi­ness is tied to cash sus­pected to have been stolen from the NYS,” he said.

Ogola ques­tioned why his clients’ com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Good Luck Twenty Ltd that sent him Sh10 mil­lion, have not been men­tioned in the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s Spe­cial Re­port as a sup­plier who en­gaged in a sus­pi­cious pay­ment with NYS.

He told the ses­sion led by com­mit- tee vice chair­man Jack­son Rop (Kip­ke­lion West) that he has been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Bank­ing Fraud of­fi­cers for the past one year af­ter he was in­cluded on the list of sus­pects.

“I was ha­rassed, in­tim­i­dated, threat­ened and fi­nally openly told I would need to bribe them to se­cure a re­port clear­ing me of any wrong­do­ing,” Ogola said.

He said sev­eral af­fi­davits have been sworn by a Cor­po­ral Sautet mak­ing “dawn­ing” al­le­ga­tions that can­not be sub­stan­ti­ated de­spite be­ing charged of money laun­der­ing.

Ogola said po­lice linked him to ter­ror­ism and or­dered him to present him­self to Anti-Ter­ror­ism Agency, where he was cleared.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Lawyer Pa­trick Ogola of Ogola and Mu­jera Ad­vo­cates takes an oath when he ap­peared be­fore the Na­tional Assem­bly Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day

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