Joshua Nyamweya Oigara, the 45 years old KCB Bank chief has been a man embroiled in various corruption scandal, however, there’s no other great scandal that has gone unmentioned much in the mainstream media like that one of facilitating money laundering and looting of young nation of South Sudan.
In subsequent The Sentry reports, KCB Bank has been one of those largely mentioned in helping the warlords in South Sudan ‘clean’ their money in Kenya through real estate and other assets.
This is a cause for worry because, KCB Bank Group controls a large chunk of the East African economy with branches spread in six countries.
The 2016, The Sentry report accused Joshua Oigara among other bank chiefs of laundering billions of shillings for South-Sudan elites and military chiefs.
In 2018, The Sentry also fingered KCB among other Kenyan banks as enablers of money laundering in the South Sudan therefore fueling atrocities in that country.
Among the senior army generals in South Sudan which the report named as conducted illegal money transfers to his personal bank account in the Kenyan bank is General Gabriel Jok Riak, who had been transferring hundreds of thousands of US dollars yet is monthly salary is less than $3,000 dollars, or only about $35,000 a year.
General Riak, commander of Sector One, which include Divisions 3, 4, and 5, of the South Sudan’s army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), has been under the United Nations sanctions for his brutal role in the civil war in which all his assets have been frozen and he is banned from travelling to another country.
“Specifically, Gen. Jok Riak had command authority over a full-scale 2015 offensive across three states in violation of multiple ceasefires, and resulting in the displacement of over 100,000 people and the commission of grave war crimes,” said The Sentry report, titled ‘War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay.’
Eyewitness accounts, it said, collected by Human Rights Watch detailed the conduct of soldiers deployed with Sector One, describing elderly women beaten to death, sexual violence, looting, and destruction committed under his command.
Back in Kenya, the mainstream media has often remained mum about the allegations fearing the lose of advertising revenues.