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EACC arrests county official with Kshs. 2.7 million

EACC, on Tuesday, in collaboration with Malindi International Airport Police intercepted and arrested Mariam Abdalla Bunu the acting Chief Officer for Finance in Tana River County Government, who was travelling to Nairobi with unexplained and undeclared Kes.2.7M in cash.

EACC suspects that the amount, which the Chief Officer was unable to explain at the Airport and did not declare as required, was corruptly obtained from the Tana River County Government. She was escorted to EACC Malindi Offices where she recorded a statement.

Ms.Mariam Abdalla Bunu who is on the Public Service Commission shortlist for Chief Administrative Secretary was arrested before boarding a plane to Nairobi.

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According to the Kenyan Law Cap 491, any person entering or leaving Kenya must declare monies in cash above Sh500,000. “Any person leaving or entering Kenya may take out or bring into Kenya currency upto a maximum of five hundred thousand (KSh. 500,000) shillings or the equivalent of five thousand United States dollars (US$ 5,000) in foreign currency. Any person in possession of currency exceeding the limits specified in regulation 2 shall declare the amount to the Customs Officer at the point of entry or departure,” the Central Bank of Kenya (Declaration of Currency) Regulations, 1998 states in parts.

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