Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has for the first time given intricate details of how money laundering bosses in Europe, specifically Bulgaria and Russia invested heavily in Kenya’s betting firms after penetrating Parliament and the Judiciary. CS Matingi, in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Nation, says the betting firms even dared him, and it was a pissing contest on who would blink first.
In his interview, Matinagi also reveals how the money laundering ring managed to have MPs do their bidding in the National Assembly, an indication of how it first seemed so difficult to dismantle the cartel which had also penetrated the Judiciary.
“Betting and gambling is a bribery gravy train. Have you seen how, when you send a Bill to Parliament that involves betting and gambling, Members of Parliament dance around it?” the CS posed.
“I was told between the betting industry and Matiang’i, we want to see who blinks first. This is the same thing I was told about the Kenya National Examination Council, that you can’t stop cheating. I was told in Parliament when I was Education CS that the examination cheating is a Sh5 billion industry that you can’t stop. I told them we have not even made an attempt. Let us attempt and fail.”
Among those deported were directors of Betin, which was owned by Demonico Giovando and his son Leandro Giovando. Also implicated in the scheme was BetPawa’s boss Nikolai Barnwell, from Russia.
“All these criminals we had allowed into the country — Russians, Bulgarians… and so on —to do all manner of things, cannot do the same things in their countries,” Dr. Matiangi says.