Rashid Echesa arrested over fraudulent acquisition of cars

– Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa was on Monday March 2, afternoon arrested at his home in Karen Estate.

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 2, 2020 – Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa was on Monday March 2, afternoon arrested at his home in Karen Estate.

The former Sports Cabinet Secretary was reportedly arrested in connection with the fraudulent acquisition of a Land Cruiser vehicle. Five of his cars were also taken away from his home.

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Economic Crimes Unit had been camped at Echesa’s home since morning.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) stormed the home of embattled former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa in Karen, Nairobi on Monday, March 2.

The sleuths sought to uncover more evidence as investigations continue into the KSh39 billion fake arms tender scandal that saw Echesa arrested on February 13, just meters away from Deputy President William Ruto’s Harambee House Annex office.

The detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit sought to access the home for almost one hour but were unable to do so and resorted to jumping over the fence. A vehicle was positioned in front of the gate and the officers jumped over the fence one by one.

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Economic Crimes Unit had been camped at Echesa’s home since morning.

They remained holed up in Echesa’s home, promising to give reporters an update after concluding their raid at the house. Reports indicated that Echesa sought to urgently get in touch with his lawyers as he kept the officers waiting.

The officers had previously visited Harambee House Annex on February 17 when they interrogated staff and carted away documents in a bid to shed more light on the case. The move came after CCTV footage emerged indicating Echesa held a meeting with two foreigners in room within the building.

Echesa was arraigned on February 17 at the Milimani Law Courts and had been released on a Ksh1 million cash bail in the case in which he is accused of seeking to defraud two Polish arms dealers.

Echesa allegedly promised the foreigners that he was in a position to help them secure lucrative tenders to supply military and surveillance equipment to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

He was in the dock alongside three co-accused; Daniel Otieno Omondi alias General Juma, Clifford Okoth Onyango alias Paul, and Kennedy Oyoo Mboya. They faced twelve counts, among them making a document without authority, obtaining money by false pretenses, conspiracy to commit a felony and impersonating a public service officer.

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