In Summary
  • Two investigators from ARA said they visited the farm and only found shrubs.

  • Mr Isaac Nakitare said the farming business is meant to conceal the source of the funds and a “classical scheme of money laundering.”

  • The investigator said there were a few immature tomatoes, in a small-sized greenhouse, which was not commercial level.

The High Court has rejected an application by former PS Lillian Omollo for a visit to her farm in Uyoma, Siaya County, to establish whether she cultivates crops for commercial purposes.

Justice Mumbi Ngugi dismissed the case, saying, the application by the former Youth PS was only meant to delay the Assets Recovery Agency bid to have Ms Omollo forfeit some Sh35 million, held in several accounts.

LARGE SUMS

“In my view, a site visit to a farm to establish whether or not such a farm can be the source of large sums of money deposited in bank accounts kilometres away would really be to chase after a mirage,” the judge said.

She added that there was no evidence that Ms Omollo owns the said farm in Rarieda and there was no connection between the farm and the funds.

“The court might see the ‘green houses with the high level hydroponic farm system’, but thus begs the question: how do the farm and the systems in the farm and the green houses translate into the funds held in the bank accounts in contention? the judge posed.

Through lawyer Stephen Ligunya, Ms Omollo said the visit was critical because it would have helped the court make a just conclusion. Mr Ligunya maintained that part of the money frozen by the court and which is subject to forfeiture to the government, was proceeds from the farm.

The former PS, who has been charged with the loss of millions at National Youth Service (NYS) claimed she had greenhouses where she farms tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelons among other crops.

GREENHOUSE

“The visit will give the court an opportunity to know the legitimate source of her income. The visit has an objective opinion. That is all we are asking,” the lawyer said.

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