NGOs board deregisters Rosemary Odinga’s foundation, cites breach of terms

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NASA leader Raila Odinga’s daughter Rosemary during a joint memorial service for Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Fidel Odinga in Bondo on January 30, 2016. /FILE

The NGO coordination board has deregistered Rosemary Odinga’s foundation.

“Your organisation has breached terms and conditions by opening and operating unauthorised bank accounts,” the NGOs Coordination Board executive director Fazul Mahamed said.

In a notice to the Key Empowerment Foundation, Mahamed said the organisation is involved in political activities.

“Your organisation is operating an illegal bank account titled “Payment NASA presidential agents” with City Bank,” he said.

He directed the Central Bank to freeze the accounts with immediate effect adding that the foundation was registered on February 15, 2016.

On Wednesday, Raila Odinga denied any links between his daughter and the foundation after the NGO board target the charitable trust’s Sh530 million.

The Opposition chief said the organisation is not registered and would therefore not have an account to receive donations from internationals bodies to engage in “subterfuge political activities globally and nefarious regime change tactics”.

“Key Empowerment Foundation Kenya applied for registration, submitted all requirements and paid the registration fee but is yet to be issued with a certificate,” Raila’s spokesman Dennis Onyango said in a statement.

Fazul said the NGO has received Sh530 million from George Soros Foundation.

In a letter sent to CBK governor Patrick Njoroge on Tuesday, he said the NGO has not complied in matters including opening and operating illegal unauthorised bank accounts.

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