Jama faults Court order to freeze his FCB account.

By NepJournal July 3, 2017 09:28

By Abdihakim Mohamed

Garissa governor Nathif Jama and his deputy addressing mammoth crowd at Garissa primary playground yesterday.

Garissa governor Nathif Jama has faulted High Court order to freeze his bank account.
On Friday Justice Lydia Achode in a letter dated 30th June 2017, directed the FCB bank to freeze accounts of the governor for six months to allow Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to finalize investigations.
“The respondent, by himself or through his agents or servants, be and is hereby prohibited from transferring, disposing of, wasting, or in any other way dealing with First Community Bank Ltd South C branch (account number withheld) for a period of six months,” Justice Achode ruled.
According to court filling, Jamaa was accused of fraudulently transferring Sh 5 billion from the county government of Garissa.
The directive to freeze Jamaa’s account comes days after bank statement bearing the three official names of governor Nathif spreaded on social media.
According to the bank statement that was doing round to social media in which Nep Journal has seen showed a total of Sh5 billion wired into the alleged governor’s account on different dates.
Between January 1, 2015 and May 20, 2016, a total of 32 deposits amounting to Sh2.4 billion were made into his account while another bank statement accompanying sworn affidavits by anti-corruption investigators showed the account had a balance of Sh2.8 billion carried forward from 2014, bringing the total to Sh5.2 billion.
EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo said the documents are genuine and obtained from the bank.
According Halakhe, the transactions took place in the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), the automated system that handles all financial transactions in the national and county governments.
“We have carried out our investigations in a professional and legal manner,” he said. “We have obtained all the information within the law.”
Speaking at Garissa primary playground on Sunday Jamaa denied the bank statement terming it “fake and propaganda” plotted by his opponents just to tarnish his name for political gains.
He furthered said he will sue EACC and Sunday nation for spreading malicious propaganda without having proofs against him.
However, Garissa residents accused the governor of looting public resources to enrich himself and failed to solve the acute water shortage which is a basic necessity that has hit the county during his past four years’ administration.
Jama is facing other pending grafts charges including irregular leasing of ambulances in court.

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