College student whose account holding Ksh.102M was frozen to know her fate next year
The Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) has been given time to respond to an application by a Nairobi Technical Institute student whose bank account with Ksh.102 million was frozen two weeks ago.
The student, Felista Nyamathira Njoroge, filed an application seeking to have the orders set aside.
When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, lawyer Mohammed Adow told the court that he was not ready to proceed adding that they are yet to file their formal responses to the application.
Prof. Patrick Lumumba objected to Adow’s application saying that he took the student to ARA offices for purposes of writing a statement and nothing happened.
“…their request to the respondents for purposes of taking a statement, they chose not to do that and they indicated there was a problem of representation that has been sorted out, and therefore it is not correct for Adow to come to court this morning after a week to say that he is not ready to proceed,” submitted Prof. Lumumba
Felista, through her lawyer, said that the delay is unnecessary.
The court directed that the matter be mentioned on January 26 next year.
In the application, the student wants the court to set aside the orders issued on November 17, 2021 that froze her bank account for 90 days saying she has the right to engage in business and develop relationships as enshrined in the Constitution.
Through lawyer Thomas Maosa, the 21-year-old college student accuses ARA of malice saying the agency did seek any explanation from her regarding the funds in her account.
She claims the recovery agency painted her in bad light by issuing press releases, yet no papers had been served upon her.
ARA applied to have Felista’s account frozen after suspecting that the millions were proceeds of money laundering despite being sent to her account by Belgian businessman Marc De Mesel, who has been said to be her boyfriend.