As Anglo Leasing case drags on in court Deepak Kamani’s assets remain untouched

The Anglo Leasing scam was the brainchild of city trader Deepak Kamani

Just like Kamlesh Pattni of the Goldenberg infamy before him, Nairobi city businessman Deepak Kamani is the face of another of Kenya’s infamous corruption scandals, Anglo Leasing.

Unlike the other suspects in the case whose assets were frozen, Mr Kamani‘s assets remain untouched, more than 12 years since the scam erupted. Government funds were paid to shadowy foreign companies linked to Mr Deepak Kamani for services ranging from Forgery-proof passports, naval ships and a Forensic laboratory, which were never delivered.

The Deepak transactions became known as the Anglo Leasing scandal after the company was awarded the contracts allegedly after greased the hands of top treasury and later judicial officials who become millionaires overnight. The Moi era Goldenberg scandal saw the Kenyan taxpayers lose up to Kshs 90 billion in fictitious compensation claims for gold exports that only existed on paper, Anglo Leasing on the other hand was paid by the treasury Kshs 70 billion for supplying hot air.

The Anglo Leasing scam was largely the brainchild of Asian city trader Deepak Kamani who linked several phantom firms with the state to make a quick windfall

Anglo Leasing was President Mwai Kibaki’s graft mongrel; it eroded, to some extent what would have been an impeccable economic record by the Makerere trained economist. Kibaki was widely praised for revamping the economy during his tenure.

Anglo Leasing scam sucked in Kibaki’s vice president Moody Awori, he became the regime’s sword of Damocles. Its main actor and scriptwriter Deepak Kamani remains elusive and untouchable. Pipe smoking VP Awori then vehemently refused to resign from office over the scandal as senior ministers in government fell by the wayside. Awori is said to have been in very books with Mr Kamani.  

Some assets linked to Anglo Leasing proceeds of crime, include nine parcels of land in Mavoko and Kitengela, a four-bedroom house in Mavoko, and four apartments in Parkview Estate in Nairobi’s South C area, a house in Mugoya Estate and property in Mombasa’s Nyali area

The Anglo Leasing scam was largely the brainchild of Asian city trader Deepak Kamani who linked several phantom firms with the state to make a quick windfall. EACC has so far failed to successfully prosecute Mr Kamani who is still a free man, just like Kamlesh Patni despite both causing the country to lose huge amounts of money.

The government is yet to set up an independent body as demanded by donors, to ensure that “proceeds’ of corruption are repatriated back to Kenya from foreign accounts. Some assets linked to Anglo Leasing proceeds of crime, include nine parcels of land in Mavoko and Kitengela, a four-bedroom house in Mavoko, and four apartments in Parkview Estate in Nairobi’s South C area, a house in Mugoya Estate and property in Mombasa’s Nyali area.

At the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the file is still open and active investigations are going on but few expect anything concrete to come out of it. Mr Kamani plus several former senior government officials are facing trial over the scandal, but cases have dragged on since April 2004.

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