Notoriously known for his expensive tastes, Ahmednasir Abdullahi was named as one of the main beneficiaries of the now-famous maize scandal.
The loud-mouthed lawyer was claimed to have received Sh40 million which was paid through the Ahmednasir and Abdikadir and Company Advocates.
There is increasing fear and panic now that has gripped flamboyant lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi and his business partners after it emerged that Kenya’s Asset Recovery Agency has started tracking down and auditing some of his affluent properties as they move to recover monies paid to him by a firm linked to disgraced Sirisia MP John Waluke.
Credible sources reported that ARA was working closely with the State prosecutor and the anti-corruption agency to track down and seize properties linked to all individuals who benefited from illegal payments made to Sirisia MP John Waluke and his co-accused Grace Wakhungu.
Behind the scene, the controversial multi-billionaire Advocate Ahmednasir Abdullahi was reported to be organising a team of advocates to obtain advance orders blocking the Asset Recovery Agency from attaching any of his properties that include high-end cars, multi-storey buildings and several opulent residences found in the top addresses of Nairobi, Mombasa and Garissa.
As a dramatic week at the judiciary closed, it was not clear which lawyers would be submitting a petition to the High Court on behalf of Waluke but Ahmednasir was keenly influencing things in the background through his prodigy, LSK President Nelson Havi.
According to sources close to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chief executive Twalib Mbarak, the two have vowed to pursue everyone that benefited from the fraudulent payments made to Waluke and his co-accused.
The two State officials are closely working with ARA to catalogue properties worth billions belonging to Ahmednasir and others who are said to have been paid millions from the funds the National Cereal and Produce Board paid to Erad Limited for breach of contract.
Ahmednasir owns the Sh1.3 billion FCB Mihrab office block in the affluent Kilimani area that houses his First Community Bank headquarters.
The flamboyant lawyer often flaunts his luxurious mansion neighbouring the Deputy President residence in Karen where his impressive fleet of luxury vehicles worth at least Sh200 million is parked under a custom-built shade. The cars include a Mercedes G-Wagon, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Discovery.
On Thursday, Waluke and his co-accused Wakhungu were ordered by a magistrate to pay a fine of close to Sh2 billion or serve a total of 67 years in prison after they were found guilty of defrauding the NCPB.
There are those like Ahmednasir who received even larger sums of money in the deal. They were neither in court nor mentioned in the case, but following the verdict, authorities are looking at pursuing them and seizing their properties.
The Asset Recovery Agency, which also wants to freeze bank accounts owned by the beneficiaries of the Waluke-NCPB deal, is said to be keen on embarking on an immediate crackdown to catch the culprits before they transfer assets to other entities. The bank accounts – some held in the name of Ahmednasir, Abdikadir & Company Advocates – are reported to contain potentially dirty money which authorities believe is used to launder proceeds of corruption, tax evasion and drug dealing.
A source reliably told Kenyan News Day that Ahmednasir had sent emissaries to President Uhuru Kenyatta, through his P.A. Jomo Gecaga, to intervene and stop the ARA from pursuing the asset reclamation case. In the 2013 presidential election petition, Ahmednasir was among lawyers appearing for Uhuru Kenyatta.
We also learnt that some elders from Mandera had been secretly sent to speak to Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji – the father of DPP Noordin Haji – to urge him to restrain his son from pursuing “one of our own.”
In the last ten years Ahmednasir, a former university lecturer, has amassed a fortune running into several billion shillings through dubious and underhand deals according to documents seen by Kenyan News Day.