- Her companies and those linked to her children received a combined Sh87.7 million from NYS.
- Carrottexx Enterprises received Sh1.9 million from NYS and its director is listed as Caroline Atieno Mango.
The blue Toyota Prado that announces the presence of Corporal Caroline Mango must be the envy of fellow police officers — many of whom are agitating for better pay — each time she drives into or out of the Gigiri Police Station, where she lives.
Before her Facebook page was taken down at the height of investigations into the second National Youth Service (NYS) scandal in May 2018, it was a photo album of all the good things that money can buy.
Then the junior police officer’s bank accounts were temporarily frozen, but no charges were filed against her for receiving part of the money that saw taxpayers lose Sh10 billion.
Her companies and those linked to her children received a combined Sh87.7 million from NYS.
And as 44 directors of companies and civil servants, including former Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo, continue to brave the cold wooden benches of the courts, Ms Mango has been walking free.
But unknown to her, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had, months before the NYS scandal came to light, asked the Kenya Revenue Authority to investigate six accounts belonging to Ms Mango and her three children over suspicious transactions.
“Reference is hereby made to your letter Reference DRP/TPS/OPS/9/2/47 dated September 3, 2017 forwarding details of firms whose tax registration information was requested. This is to inform you that the companies listed below are under investigations as a result of transactions with the Ministry of Devolution,” said Mr John Lokolol, EACC’s deputy director for forensic investigations, in a letter to KRA on November 17, 2017.
“This is to recommend that you undertake a tax audit on these companies with a view to determining and recovering the taxes due,” added Mr Lokolol.
Among the companies found with questionable transactions was Maanti Logistics, whose director is listed as Caroline Mango, which received Sh26.8 million from NYS.
Carrottexx Enterprises received Sh1.9 million from NYS and its director is listed as Caroline Atieno Mango.
Then Jupecar Garments, whose director is listed as Caroline Ajow Mango, received Sh5.6 million. Interestingly, the ID numbers of the names listed as directors of the three companies are similar.
Three other companies — Sallijow Enterprises, Iantex Enterprises and Pejows Enterprises — were also placed under investigation. Sallijow, which received Sh18.2 million under suspicious circumstances from NYS, has Briana Sally Ajow as its director.