19 November 2012

Kenya: KCB Loses Sh42 Million En Route to Juba

Detectives are investigating the disappearance of US$500,000 (Sh42 million) on transit from the Kenya Commercial Bank headquarters in Nairobi to its branch in Juba last week.

Police have interrogated Security Group officials and KCB officers including the security manager Jasper Motanya but no arrests have been made.

Motanya was the chief of security at G4S when the firm lost millions of shillings in a spate of theft by employees. Although no suspects have been arrested, detectives from Nairobi and Juba are reconstructing the movement of the consignment from Kencom House on Moi Avenue to the Security Group offices on Mombasa road, to Wilson Airport and Juba.

Initial investigations established that on November 5, an official from the bank called Security Group's Cash-In-Transit section and informed them of their intention to transport a valuable consignment to Juba.

Security Group then booked a ticket for the journey to Juba through Vintage Tours and Travels. The consignment was collected by the CIT crew at 3:15pm on Tuesday, November 6 and booked into the vaults at 6:35pm by certificate number 17,439 one hour and fifteen minutes after it was collected from KenCom house.

The next day, the CIT crew transported the consignment to Wilson airport at 6am but were informed that the flight had been rescheduled from 7:30am to 1:30pm.

The consignment was returned to the Security Group's vaults. At 12:32 the consignment was again loaded into a CIT vehicle and taken to Wilson airport where it arrived at 12:50pm and loaded on the Juba-bound flight.

On arrival in Juba, the Security Group manager in charge of operations handed over the consignment to two KCB official in Juba, a customs officer, two Bank of South Sudan officials and an SPLA officer.

Twenty four hours later the KCB security manager Jasper Motanya, former G4S security manager called Security Group to inform them about the loss.

Three white gunny bags, three cartons and five tamper proof evidence bags in which the money was transported have been brought back to Nairobi for analysis.

The investigators, led by Nairobi CID boss Nicholas Kamwende, have established the money could have disappeared either in Nairobi or Juba during packing or unpacking because no tampering was reported when the consignment was handed over to two KCB officials in Juba, two Bank of South Sudan officials, a customs officer and a Sudan Peoples Liberation Army officer.

However, investigators have been frustrated by missing CCTV footage of the consignment being packed at Kencom House and the unpacking in Juba.

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