Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa has been arrested, again.
The former minister has been apprehended over the fraudulent acquisition of a Toyota Land Cruiser. All the vehicles found in his compound have also been seized.
This the DCI said, was following a complaint by a Kisumu resident who accused Echesa of transferring her husband’s possessions in his name.
The vehicles fraudulently acquired by the former CS are a Passat (KAY 388A), Toyota Land Cruiser V8 (KBZ 009J) and a Toyota Mark X (KBN 242N).
During the raid, detectives discovered a Toyota LandCruiser V8, a Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen Passat, Ford Ranger and a Lexus without a number plate.
Front and rear number plates (KBS 388F) were also discovered as well as Sh507,000 in the front seat of the Benz.
Further, the DCI indicated, all the vehicles have been taken to NTSA for verification as investigations continue.
…Mark X in 2016, #DCI SCU Detectives today carried investigations in the Karen Home of Mr. Echesa & recovered the following;
1. KCW 289Q Toyota LandCruiser V8,
2. KCL 350J Mercedes Benz,
3. KAY 388A Volkswagon Passat,
4. KBP 725B Ford Ranger,
5. Lexus with no Reg Number, &… pic.twitter.com/6ILjuPvPq1
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) March 2, 2020
Earlier on in the day, DCI detectives raided his Karen home after pitching tent for over an hour. Echesa declined to let the officers into his home until his lawyer arrived.
The officers from the Economic Crimes Unit were forced to access his home by climbing through the wall.
Reports indicated that the officers were searching for crucial documents in the Sh39 billion military equipment deal allegedly inked at the Harambee Annex House office – DP William Ruto’s office.
It is also said that they were looking into tax evasion claims touching on vehicles linked to him.
Echesa and three others – Daniel Otieno, Clifford Okoth and Kennedy Oyoo – were arrested for defrauding two Polish businessmen in the arms tender deal.
They were later released on a Sh1 million cash bail, each after denying conspiracy to commit a felony, making a document without authority, obtaining money by false pretence, attempting to commit a felony and uttering a false document charges.