In response to an application by the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), the High Court in Nairobi has ordered the freezing of a vehicle and a block of residential flats at Mathare North Commercial Zone owned by televangelist Jackson Mbugua Burugu. Justice Diana Kavedza issued the orders, directing that the logbook for Burugu’s Mercedes Benz be surrendered within seven days of February 29, 2024. Additionally, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), the Chief Land Registrar, and the Nairobi County Land Registrar were instructed to register caveats regarding the vehicle and land parcel, respectively.

Moreover, Justice Kavedza ordered that all rental income generated from the parcel of land and development be deposited into ARA’s bank account to preserve the assets during the period of the freezing orders. These orders are to remain in effect for 90 days, in accordance with Section 84 of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act (POCAMLA). According to the section, preservation orders expire 90 days after the date of publication in the Gazette unless certain conditions are met, such as pending forfeiture orders or unsatisfied forfeiture orders related to the property.

The freezing orders were sought by ARA in connection with a case of poaching pending in court, involving Burugu, along with David Ndiritu, Jacob Lusu, and Daniel Kibe. The men are accused of dealing in wildlife trophies of an endangered species without permits. The charge sheet presented before the Nanyuki Law Court states that they were found dealing in four elephant tusks weighing approximately 69.2 kilograms on October 6, 2021, at Oljogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

ARA alleges that Burugu has laundered millions of shillings from the sale of wildlife trophies and sandalwood harvesting. As a result, the court directed that the case be mentioned on May 27 before Justice Esther Maina, as investigations and legal proceedings continue.

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