Joseph Wanjohi alias Muthie is back in the headlines!

The high Court has frozen his accounts and directed he surrenders properties after drugs and elephant tusks were seized at his residence.

 Justice Hedwig Ong’udi granted Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) orders stopping Muthie and  his wife Jane Wambui Wanjiru from withdrawing or transferring  monies in their two accounts.The two accounts, at Barclays Bank has KSh10 million while the second one has KSh572,872.

The court also ordered the seizure of luxury cars, a Range Rover Sport and Mercedes Benz, pending the determination of the case.

Equally, the court also barred the couple from selling or transferring three parcels of land, which ARA suspects were purchased from crime proceeds.

Narcotic drugs

The duo were in 2009 charged before a Kibera court with dealing in narcotic drugs after the police raided their home in Muthaiga North Estate in October 16, 2009 and found heroin worth more than KSh1.2 million but they were acquitted  after a key prosecution witness failed to testify.

Later this year, the police also raided their home on July 21, 2018 and recovered an elephant tusk weighing 7 kgs with a street value of KSh700,000.

They were charged at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport court with illegal possession of four pieces of elephant tusks and assorted alcoholic drinks.

They denied being in possession of wildlife trophy contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 and were released on bond of KSh500,000 bond with one surety each.

In the application before Justice Ong’udi, ARA said the couple has acquired properties, which they suspect are from proceeds of crime. When the police raided the couple’s home in July, they found assorted drinks worth KSh7 million, which they suspect were illegally brought into the country without paying for permit and clearance from government agencies.

Wildlife trophies

 Fredrick Muriuki, a police officer investigating the matter said in a sworn statement that the properties they have acquired could have been obtained from illegitimate trade including dealing with wildlife trophies or narcotic drugs. This is because they failed to give a “reasonable explanation” when asked how they acquired the properties.

The agency had earlier obtained orders seeking inspect and seize any of the properties, they suspect were acquired from proceeds of crime. The court heard that the two are being investigated for several offences including trafficking in narcotics, money laundering, proceeds of crime and engaging in organized crime.

“That investigations established that there is reasonable grounds to believe that the assets or properties in question and the funds in the said accounts are proceeds of crime,” Muriuki said in a sworn affidavit.

The agency told Justice Ong’udi that there is imminent danger that the couple might transfer, sale or dispose of the properties, unless stopped by the court.

Register caveats

Anti-Corruption court further ordered the businessman to surrender his two luxury cars to the Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti within seven days failure to which DCI should seize and detain them.

 The court orders bar Wanjohi , Wambui  , and their companies Sidjoe Manufacturers and Suppliers and Marudiono Zone Limited from transferring , transacting , withdrawing , using  and other dealing in respect of funds held at Barclays Bank Muthaiga and Barclay’s Bank Moi Avenue.

“In the event the respondents fail to surrender the above motor vehicles as specified , the Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti is hereby ordered to seize and detain the motor vehicles ,” the judge directed.

The judge further ordered the Director General of National and Safety Authority to register caveats against the records of each of the motor vehicles.

Muthie and wife have also been barred from selling or  dealing on lands registered under their business, Marudiano Zone Limited. The said lands as per the court order are L.R NO.27981/7 and I.R 122131/65 registered in the name of Marudiano Zone Limited.

“The Chief Land Registrar is hereby ordered to register caveats against the records of each of the properties…” said the judge.