A 23-year-old student, Felista Nyamathira Njoroge has just lost to the Kenyan government over Shs 2.7 billion (KShs 102 million) cash gift from her Belgian boyfriend, Marc De Mesel.
Kenya High court has ruled today Thursday that the cash gift that the Belgian said Njoroge was free to use to secure the future of their future children is a product of money laundering after De Mesel failed to explain the source of funds.
The money was wired to Njoroge's Co-operative Bank account in 2021 in four batches between August 4 and 6, 2023 - $229,980 on 4 August, followed by $231,980 on August 5. On the same day on August 6, two batches of $224,980 and $227,980 were transferred. The money was immediately seized by the authorities.
According to the evidence before court, the Belgian also transferred another KShs 257 million (about Shs 6.6 billion) to three other Kenyan women - Tabby Wambuku Kago KShs 108 million (Shs 2.9 billion), Jane Wangui Kago KShs 49 million (Shs 1.2 billion) and KShs 100 million (Shs 2.6 billion) to Serah Wambui.
Justice Esther Maina ruled that the money must now be taken by the Kenyan government since De Mesel failed to utilize the opportunity offered to explain the source of funds.