Saturday, February 19, 2011

Nakumatt linked to Kenyan Drug Lord

Kilome MP Harun Mwau has vast business interests in the Nakumatt supermarkets chain, a report compiled by a team appointed by Police Commissioner into drug-trafficking allegations against him indicates.

The report says Mr Mwau is a director in 12 other companies that include Mwundo Ltd, Africa Centre for Hope Initiative Everywhere, Harun International Ltd, JH City Ltd, Preme Ltd, JN Records Ltd, Pepe Enterprises Ltd, Sheltown Ltd, Sports Champions Ltd, Tom Brown Ltd, Vitu Ltd and Kuston Kenya Ltd.
It says investigations did not establish any evidence to link Mr Mwau to drug-trafficking.
The former Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority director told investigators the claims were false, malicious and based on rumours. He also dismissed a report by the US embassy linking him to drug-trafficking.
The US embassy dossier had claimed that Mr Kabogo is married to Mr Mwau’s daughter and that he once worked as the Kilome MP’s driver but Mr Mwau denied the claims. “The investigation revealed that he (Mwau) has no daughter and therefore cannot be a father-in-law to Kabogo. He has also never employed Kabogo as a driver,” the report says.
The report says Mr Kabogo’s wife is called Philomena Nduta and is a Kikuyu and not a Kamba, like Mr Mwau. Mr Mwau also denied any links with the Akasha family, saying he had never met any of them.
Mr Ibrahim Akasha, a known drug baron, was shot dead in Amsterdam a decade ago. Mr Mwau said his Pepe inland container depot in Athi River was a “facilitator for faster movement of cargo” and not verification of goods. He also denied claims in the US dossier that a ton of cocaine had been seized at the depot. Mr Kabogo told the investigators he worked at the Controller and Auditor General’s office as an assistant auditor after graduating from Punjab University in India in 1983. He later went to Mombasa and “worked with TOTOTO Home Industries as a business adviser rising to the position of executive director, before quitting in 1994.”

“He (Kabogo) then ventured into buying and selling cars imported from Japan and also started a clearing and forwarding firm by the name Orbit Express Company. This he did up to the year 2002 when he joined politics,” the police report says. Mombasa businessman Ali Badrudin Punjani, told the investigators allegations of him having links with international drug barons and terrorists were a result of business rivalry. The report says the investigations established that the 35-year-old runs a Sh300 million annual turnover business under the flagship of Rising Star Enterprises jointly with his mother Gulbanu Punjani. The company deals in rice, sugar and salt.

Kisauni MP Hassan Joho blamed politics for his being linked to drug-trafficking. He said a “malicious and slanderous” letter had been circulated via internet by a shadowy figure going by the name of Alex Katana.

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