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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has started investigations into former Sports Cabinet secretary Rashid Echesa over his alleged association to money laundering activities.

People Daily published that Echesa may have been exposed to money laundering by his partner Joseph Waswa who is linked with last week’s recovery of Ks32 billion fake currency in Ruiru.

According to a sleuth privy to the probe, the dismissed CS was in constant communication with Waswa.

A call data analysis showed that Waswa had been in contact with two other suspects, Joseph Munyao and Nancy Muthoni, and in most circumstances, he would call Echesa after calling the two.

Detectives are trying to authenticate if the former CS visited the building where the fake money was found.

They also want to discover the relationship between the former Echesa and Cameroonian Peter Longa who was deported from the country in 2018 over money laundering.

Longa had been extradited to Cameroon on January 7, 2017, and declared persona non grata by the then Interior CS Joseph Nkaiserry but gained his way back to Kenya.

Echesa was discharged from the sports docket on Friday by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“In accordance with Article 152(5) of the Constitution, as read together with Article 152(1)(d) of the Constitution, the appointment of Mr Rashid Echesa Mohamed, as a Cabinet Secretary has been vacated,” read a report in the Executive Order No.3 of 2019.

In a recent interview, he acknowledged that Waswa, who was charged alongside six others of defrauding businessman off Ksh 10 million using Uhuru’s name and voice, was his personal friend but denied claims that they were business partners.

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