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Lillian Omollo wants accounts freeze orders varied

Thursday January 17 2019

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Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo arraigned. The former PS was indicted for corruption at the National Youth Service. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

SAM KIPLAGAT
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Former Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo wants orders freezing her accounts varied.

In the application, Ms Omollo argues that the orders granted last year are causing her hardship.

When the case came up for mention before Justice Hedwig Ong’udi on Wednesday, the parties sought more time to respond to an application filed by Equity Bank, which is to be enjoined as an interested party in the case.

The bank said through its legal services manager Kariuki King’ori that it is ready to abide by the orders of the court.

In her application filed in December, Ms Omollo, through lawyer Stephen Ligunya, wants the court to vary the orders freezing her accounts and for the court to allow her to withdraw Sh6.8 million from the accounts.

PAYMENTS

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She said the amount would go towards quarterly annual payments, which include servicing a loan at Kenya Commercial Bank of Sh150,000, school fees amounting to Sh5.2 million, more school fees for three dependants of Sh139,800 and payment of domestic workers of Sh219,000.

Other payments are upkeep for elderly parents (Sh150,000), utility bills (Sh102,079), fuel and maintenance of vehicles (Sh449,000), food (Sh150,000) and incidentals (Sh210,000).

The accounts at Equity and Diamond Trust banks were frozen on October 29, 2018 after the Assets Recovery Agency filed an application arguing that it had grounds to believe that the funds were stolen from the National Youth Service. The accounts had in total about Sh33 million.

ACCOUNTS

The accounts frozen are six at Equity Bank registered in the names of Lillian Muthoni Mbogo, which had $67,331.9 (Ksh6.8 million); an account in the name of LIDI Estates Ltd, which had $28,981; another account in the same name with Sh2,297,495; and another with $8,979.83.

Another account at Equity in Ms Omollo’s name had Sh1.68 million, while another trading as Sahara Consultants held at Diamond Trust Bank had Sh5.65 million and three accounts registered in her children’s names had more than Sh11 million.

The agency believes that the money was unlawfully acquired and successfully had them frozen pending an application for them to be forfeited to the government.

Court documents show the amounts were deposited between January 2016 and March 2018. She was appointed principal secretary on December 18, 2015.