President Kenyatta signs tough law to curb money laundering
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects the parade when he presided over the Kenya Police Service recruits passing out parade in Kiganjo, Nyeri County. Photo/PSCU
Uhuru Kenyatta today signed into law the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill 2017, a tough legislation aimed at combating economic crimes.
“This is a major tool in our sustained efforts to fight corruption. It means that no proceeds of theft and corruption are beyond the reach of the State,” President Kenyatta said at the signing.
The amended legislation introduces fresh measures on punishment for economic crimes.
In addition to the identification, tracing, freezing, seizure and confiscation of the proceeds of crime, the new law imposes stiff penalty on culprits. It recommends that a person who fails to comply with it will be liable to a monetary penalty not exceeding Kshs 5 million while the penalty for a corporate body will not exceed Kshs 25 million.
The amended law adds that in the case of continued failure, the person or reporting institution shall be liable to an additional monetary penalty of Kshs 10 million per day on which such failure continues for a maximum period of 180 days.
The new legislation also formalises the establishment of the Assets Recovery Agency, which will handle all cases of recovery of the proceeds of crime or benefits accruing from money laundering.
Kenyatta also signed into law the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017.
The Supplementary Appropriation Act authorizes the release of Kshs 46.2 billion from the Consolidated Fund for use by the Government to fulfill its financial obligations for the remaining part of the financial year which ends on June 30.
Deputy President William Ruto, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, House Majority Leader Aden Duale and Solicitor General Njee Muturi witnessed the signing of the two Bills which were presented to President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.