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Bank manager faces arrest over illegal transactions

25 December 2013, 11:52 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi - National Bank Managing Director and three Workers’ Union top officials face immediate arrests by the Kilimani police, over misappropriation of KES 3.8 M and disobeying court orders.

Industrial court judge Maureen Onyango ordered the execution of issuance of warrants of arrests on Tuesday for Sheikh Munir and the Aviation and Airport Services Workers’ Union Chair Perpetua M’ponjiwa, Secretary General Bonne Nicholas Barasa and Treasurer Robert Lichoro.

“I hereby order and certify this application urgent and have admitted to the issuance of warrants of arrests to be issued for the Union official, the execution of the warrant upon issuance to be effected by the officer in charge at Kilimani police station,” Lady Justice Maureen said.

The Aviation and Airport Services Workers Union trustees had sued their officials for misappropriation of the Union’s funds and had successfully obtained two court orders barring the bank and the officials from making any transactions from the Union’s account.

Their lawyer Stephen Mogaka told court that due to the persistent deliberate disobedience of orders given of the court twice, an immediate response and remedial action needed to be taken.

He explained that the four had been warned against defying orders by Industrial Court judges Nduma Nderi and James Rika and the Union’s bank account was to remain frozen pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

“Justice Rika warned them against disobedience that the account shall remain frozen in the face of the public by showing utter disrespect and arrogance as persons like this are punished through issued warrants of arrests,” Mr Mogaka said.

Justice Nderi on December 4 ordered that the Aviation and Airport Services Workers’ Union account at the National bank of Kenya, Harambee Avenue branch be frozen.

This was in the presence of Mr Bonne, Mr Lichoro and M’ponjiwa who are the signatories to the said account.

The three have allegedly continued to transact money from the account totaling to Sh 3.8M on various dates between December 4 and December 16.

The Aviation and Airport Services Workers Union trustees allege that the said drawings were authorized, honoured and paid out by the National bank of Kenya through its Managing director and other employees, agents or servant notwithstanding the freeze order which they were fully aware of.

The freeze order was reiterated by Justice Rika on December 17 in the presence of the named officers.

The case will be on December 27.

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