Ngirita Family Members Contest Court Order on Frozen Assets

January 22, 2019

Three members of the Ngirita family want a court order freezing some of their assets lifted.

The three; Phylis Njeri Ngirita, Jeremiah Gichini and their mother Lucy Wambui Ngirita, want the court to set aside an order issued on October 4, last year freezing some parcels of land and three vehicles.

Justice Hedwig Ong’udi, while issuing the order last year, directed the NYS Scandal suspects to surrender the original logbooks of the three vehicles.

The Registrar of Titles was told to place a caveat on the parcels of land, while the Director-General of National Transport and Safety Authority was tasked with the motor vehicles.

But in their latest application, the Ngiritas argue that the agency failed to bring it to the attention of the court that another matter touching on the three vehicles was pending before another judge.

In an affidavit, Phylis Njeri Ngirita said the three vehicles are also being held at Naivasha Police Station since April 2018 but this fact was not brought to the attention of the judge.

Ms Njeri said that the police might use the order to harass the family.

The Assets Recovery Agency obtained an order preserving the vehicles; two Toyota station wagons and a pickup registered under Opportunity International Wedco Limited and Platinum Credit. The agency believes the motor vehicles were acquired through proceeds of crime following the loss of Sh468 million at the National Youth Service (NYS).

Other frozen properties are parcels of land in Waitaluk in Kitale, another in Naivasha town and a third one in Nakuru East.

The application by the Ngiritas will be determined on Thursday.

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