Ann Njeri: Businesswoman In Ksh.17B Oil Saga Now Reported ‘Sick And Immobile’

Njeri is linked to an alleged scheme in the procurement of petroleum products through a purported Government-to-Government agreement with Saudi Arabia.

Nov 24, 2023 - 14:06
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Ann Njeri: Businesswoman In Ksh.17B Oil Saga Now Reported ‘Sick And Immobile’

The lawyers representing self-proclaimed businesswoman Ann Njeri, who is at the centre of a contentious Ksh.17 billion oil consignment import now report that she is 'sick and immobile'.

The lawyers appeared before the National Assembly Energy Committee on Wednesday, where legislators said they wrote a letter to Njeri on November 17 to appear before the committee and shed more light on the oil importation saga, including proof of documentation.

“Late in the evening, we received a letter from Njeri’s lawyers stating that it is with deep regret we inform you that Ann Njeri will not be available as she’s sick and immobile. She will appear at a later date,” Mwala MP Vincent Kawaya said.

The committee told Njeri’s lawyers that if their client continues making no-shows, they will issue a summon.

“We owe it to Kenyans to know the truth,” Kawaya noted, adding “If I was her, I would be here. We don’t read it in good faith that she decided to disappear.”

Diro Advocates, in a letter addressed National Assembly clerk on November 21, said "It is with humble regret that our client Ms. Ann Njeri Njoroge (Ann's Import and Exports Enterprises Limited) will not be able to make it for the invitation to meet the Departmental Committee on Energy regarding the disputed oil consignment as she is indisposed and immobile."

Njeri is linked to an alleged scheme in the procurement of petroleum products through a purported Government-to-Government agreement with Saudi Arabia.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir holds that the businesswoman forged documents and was not the owner of the consignment since her company is not even licensed to import petroleum.

However, an analysis by Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah alleges that the government financed Njeri’s import.

Omtatah’s account says Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u funded the businesswoman in June to import the fuel and that she is only being used as collateral.

The businesswoman however denies any wrongdoing and her team claims she endured a five-day kidnap and was forced at gunpoint to renounce her claim of the oil.

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