A Turkish man deported by former Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of Government Fred Matiang’i was among guests who attended President William Ruto’s State House party.
Harun Aydin had reportedly been deported over money-laundering links and illegal movement into and out of Kenya.
Appearing before the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security on Friday, August 13 2021, Matiang’i had said that an analysis of Aydin’s frequent movements into and out of the country, indicated he had close links with foreigners involved in money-laundering.
“The Turkish national applied for an investor’s work permit Class G on November 24, 2020,” said Matiang’i. Aydin received the permit on June 25, 2021, allowing him to run Unit 2HA Investment Energy Africa Limited, a firm dealing in energy-related business.
However, said Matiang’i, a subsequent examination of Aydin’s work permit documents indicated he was yet to receive formal contract that allows him the freedom to operate uninterrupted.
“He (Aydin) provided the immigration department with a contract stating that he was allowed to work in the energy sector in Kenya. We have, however, discovered that he presented a dummy contract, [and not the genuine approval],” he said.
Dr. Ruto had defended the Turkish man and said that he was an investor. Ruto had alleged that he had helped the Turkish man to secure a multi-billion loan from Equity Bank. This claim was however denied by the bank, which told the National Assembly committee that it had not dispersed such a loan to anyone.
It was not clear how the Turkish man found his way back into the country or who invited him to State House.