“Forfeiture of proceed of crime to the government of Kenya,” reads the subject line of the undated letter.
“The Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) has reasonable grounds to believe that the above named individual is in possession of KSh 204,124,458.80 …unlawfully acquired as proceeds of crime and therefore liable for forfeiture to the Government,” it reads.
The agency has a mandate to recover stolen assets and proceeds of crime
The letter has the signatures of the agency’s director Col Alice Mate, national assembly speaker Justin Muturi, the director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji, and the chief executive of the anti-corruption commission Twalib Mbarak.
It also had a stamp suggesting it was “Received” on 31 May 2022 in the “Clerk’s office”
Ignore fake letter
A sign that the letter may be fake is its grammar and punctuation errors.
Further, while it would be expected for such a letter to be copied to the heads of the other institutions, it is highly unlikely that they’d all sign a letter they did not write. Such a letter would only be signed by the author.
“FAKE LETTER: Our attention has been drawn to the letter below that is circulating on social media, bearing the name and forged signature of CEO Twalib Mbarak. We clarify that EACC is unaware of the matters stated therein and the CEO's signature is forged,” tweeted the EACC.
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