According to a report by The Star, most of the assets traced and frozen belong, directly or indirectly, to the 31-year old businessman. The properties include prime plots in upmarket Muthaiga in Nairobi, a new Range Rover and cash in various bank accounts. The assets were purchased through proxies and lawyers and some registered using lawyers.
Besides Gethi, the Assets Recovery Agency also named his mother Charity Wangui Gethi as a respondent along with his sister Jedidah Wangari Wangui; Nairobi hairdresser Josephine Kabura Irungu; John Kago Ndungu, a driver at KCB; Sam Mwadime; and lawyers Patrick Onyango Ogola and Martin Muthomi Gitonga.
Gethi’s mother and sister Jedidah Wangari Wangui have been named as the owners of four prime plots in Muthaiga and Westlands valued at Sh159 million.
Following the report that has been seen as a step in the right direction towards recovery of the stolen Sh791 million, Kenyans on Twitter who have been keen on the NYS graft shared the opinions sampled below.
Welcome to the year 2030… Ben Gethi is a celebrated self-made entrepreneur inspiring the young generation. A success story to inspire.
— Kioko (@Joe_Kioko) December 15, 2015
Few yrs from now, Ben Gethi would’ve appeared in some media giving entrepreneurial tips & how he started by selling eggs! Valid dreams! — Benard Aloo (@AlooBenardo) December 15, 2015
However, despite Ben Gethi looting millions from NYS there won’t be sufficient and appropriate evidence to charge him. He will be FREE.
— Kioko (@Joe_Kioko) December 15, 2015
Ben Gethi was just but a conduit,a collateral of the NYS scam.Sad that he goes down courtesy of the disciplines of Judas. @kabetes
— Sir Alex (@SirAlexMatere) December 15, 2015
Typical scenario.Ben Gethi will b arrested by herbivorous EACC officials taken 2court freed on a 2M bond then investigations proceed forever — Kenipedia™ (@KennStiffler) December 15, 2015
In Uganda, fellows like Ben Gethi qualify to be hanged, the country retained professional hangmen from Idi Amin regime.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@yoweri_museveni) December 15, 2015
If Ben GETHI bought properties worth sh148m only out of sh800m NYS loot, who pocketed the rest? Who is protecting Farouk Kibet, Ruto’s PA? — jacob juma (@kabetes) December 15, 2015
15 yrs from now, Ben Gethi will be a celebrated Entrepreneur,media magnet always giving entrepreneurial tips in local media outlets
— Robert Papsie (@Robertpapsie) December 15, 2015
Next year The Business Daily will have Ben Gethi and Steve Mbogo in their Top 40 under 40 list and tell us how they’re “entrepreneurs”. — SANCHEZZED! (@sickolia_) December 15, 2015
When @kabetes told us months ago about Ben Gethi we ignored him as a disgruntled noise maker. He has been vindicated!
— Ken Mijungu (@KenMijungu) December 15, 2015
Only the naive think Ben Gethi is alone in this. You cannot receive 800m without collusion — Jedi Mind (@OD1Kenobi) December 15, 2015
Seems Ben Gethi got some cash and dropped a brand new Range Rover Autobiography. Again Kenyan thieves being hella stupid.
— S.B.A. (@ThePimpala) December 15, 2015
That story of Ben Gethi should worry many a Tenderpreneurs. We will come after you & your families illegally acquired assets. — The Peasant.™ (@_ThePeasant_) December 15, 2015
We are giving Ben Gethi too much credit, he should tell us on whose behalf at NYS/Devolution did he receive the millions.
— austine musamali (@austinmusamali) December 15, 2015
Ben Gethi was introduced by PS Mangiti to NYS officials as an agent for CS Rotich. This is clue the EACC need to unravel the case. — mwai wachira (@mwaiw) December 15, 2015
Ben Gethi should have read ths pic.twitter.com/TazReBlSWG
— jt (@jtmwaura69) December 15, 2015
Its the same media that will be glorifying Ben Gethi as an entrepreneur in 10 years time. Bure kabisa. — haya sylvester (@hayahigher) December 15, 2015
Ben Gethi is still nowhere near Arap Singh…… according to Singh, Ben Gethi is such an amateur pic.twitter.com/d1qGZITEZx
— Maccos (@maccoscyrus) December 15, 2015
Someone ‘owns’ this ‘”Ben Gethi” guy, and it is either the DP, his PA or both. Mwathani hapa ndio pesa ya kutoa kwa harambee inatoka. — mwongela mbiti (@MwongelaMbiti) December 15, 2015
Both Joyce Makena and Ben Gethi who were involved in the NYS Scandal were also in the IEBC lanterns one in 2013.
— Morris K. (@Owaahh) December 15, 2015
@ahmednasirlaw once said, “In a capitalist country we have tools of production. In Kenya we have tools of corruption”. Ben Gethi is a pliers
— Ibrahim Sang (@HumbleSang) December 15, 2015
Ben Gethi will get away with it.
— Morgan (@colleggedropout) December 15, 2015
Ben Gethi deserves a KGB style torture. — Blood And Sweat (@arsenalcode) December 15, 2015
Farouk Kibet mentioned everywhere..Sio ICC, sio NYS… Ako tena kwa Ben Gethi Scandal
— Kipkem (@kipkemi) December 15, 2015
Like Chris Kirubi, 10 years from now Ben Gethi will be sharing entrepreneurial skills on how a youth can rise from Grass to Grace, — Maccos (@maccoscyrus) December 15, 2015
so when jubilee gvt was talking about youth empowerment they meant Ben Gethi’s way?
— George mutisya (@GeorgeKingola) December 15, 2015
Ben Gethi is just a young/inexperienced thieve .pole https://t.co/mHBdakNnKz
— Muricho Joash (@murichoj) December 15, 2015
from ASHES to RICHES , ben gethi is a true story of “HARD WORK PAYS”,
— Bonnie (@BonnieMush) December 15, 2015
Kenya has weird celebs:Ben Gethi,Mbogo,Kirubi,Waiguru,Ruto,Mangiti etc. 254 is so unique!
— Karibu Kenya Uhuru (@wafulakhayota) December 15, 2015
It’s just a matter of time b4 Ben Gethi appears on Young Rich claiming how he worked his way up. — Mark Philo (@markphilo) December 15, 2015
This Ben Gethi saga is why you can’t convince young people to work for decades to acquire wealth. In Kenya corruption pays.
— Wanjiru Waithaka (@CiruWaithaka) December 15, 2015
I refuse to believe that Ben Gethi is the sole beneficiary of the NYS funds.Therer enablers.They helped “win’ the tenders etc.Who r they? — Bibish (@bi_bish) December 15, 2015
Ultimately, Ben Gethi would have stood for election as an MP. He would have won after spending money on campaigns.
— G I T O N G A (@MukiraGitonga) December 15, 2015
“Ben Gethi” is making us we young graduate look bad as if we are not focused in life and not very enterprising — MOSES MWANGI (@MosesMahianyu) December 15, 2015
Ben Gethi yule Thegi
— mKENya (@MakaveliKen) December 15, 2015
its no longer Jubilee, its indeed JubiLOOT. Steal till the good lord calls you home. loot and loot some more Ben Gethi
— xtine♫♫♫ (@cndolo) December 15, 2015
This Ben Gethi fraud story is just a red herring to divert our attentions from Anne Waiguru, Peter Mangiti, & Nelson Githinji. — BORN HUMBLE™ (@Mikeobura305) December 15, 2015
uyo BEN GETHI must be one of the most stupid ninjas on the face of this planet earth – how TF’ do you blow away such ngwanyes’ smh
— ✨Mkurugenzi.✨ (@nngatcha) December 15, 2015