Court declines to review order in Sh102m case
The 21-year-old college student, whose bank account contains frozen Sh102 million has suffered a blow after the High Court declined to review the order.
Teddy Kago wanted a variation of the order to provide for reasonable living, legal and travelling expenses amounting to Sh10,672,000.
Justice Esther Maina, however, dismissed her application with cost, saying she was not satisfied that Kago was likely to suffer any hardship if the order was not reviewed.
The court in December 2021 issued preservation orders against the Sh102 million belonging to Kago held in three bank accounts following an application by Assets Recovery Agency (ARA).
ARA applied to have Kago’s account frozen after suspecting that the millions were proceeds of money laundering despite being sent by Belgian businessman and her lover Marc De Mesel.
The Belgian, a cryptocurrency specialist, had indicated in the declaration documents that Kago was free to use the money on anything she wished for. In her application for review, Kago argued that the preservation order had rendered her incapable of meeting her expenses and that of her relatives, and is therefore entitled to the orders sought.
“The applicant is a mother of two children one of who is in Belgium nursing a fractured leg and she needs her and further that Article 53(1)(b) of the Constitution protects the rights of the child yet the applicant cannot meet those rights because of the preservation orders,” her lawyer had argued in court.
Kago argued that as matters currently stand, her rent, food, house worker’s salary, airfare to and fro Belgium and upkeep cannot be met.