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Mozzart Bet Ownership in deep problem, could be closed


The gambling firm MOZZART BET KENYA owned by two nondescript Serbians , a Zimbabwean and a former cabinet minister is coming under more scrutiny following a series of media campaign blitz and a number of cooperate social responsibility donations in what observers see as an attempt to divert public attention to accusations of money laundering .

Country manager Sasa Krneta is on the spotlight for leading this money laundering syndicate with the two Serbian criminals wanted back in their own country to face several criminal charges.

The two Serbians Melentijevic Branimir, Loncar Koviljka and a Zimbwabwean Emmanuel Charumbira who all are directors and former cabinet minister Musa Sirma also a director are the faces behind this criminal gang aided by the Betting Control and Licensing Board Manager Peter Mbugi.

Krneta runs secret bank accounts to handle dirty proceedings from Mozzartbet under the pretense that he is offering various services.
Betting firm has been in the eye of a storm after a State agency questioned the source of morethan Sh600 million the company had wired to a businessman’s bank accounts in a span of five months.

The Assets Recovery Agency has flagged the transactions as suspicious,
Questioning the source of Sh640 million that the betting firm wired to Kimaco Connectionsbetween February and August in a case filed at the High court.

This indicates that the agency believes the money was not generated from gambling activities
under MozzartBet.

A closer scrutiny has now been focused to three firms that have close dealings with Mozzart bet.

The three are Kmaco connections owned by one Peter N. Kiilu and his wife Consolata Mwende Kiilu.

Another is Open Skies management services owned by Zimbabwean Emmanuel Charumbira.

Two other firms Pescon and power energy is also under scrutiny as their ownership remain mysterious.
Also under scrutiny is Cooperative bank of Kenya where millions of shillings have been moved failing to report such mysterious transactions to Central Banks Financial reporting center.

The ARA, which is seeking to seize and forfeit the cash to the State, has dismissed MozzartBet’s explanation that it paid the money to acquire from Kimaco Connections a software, which the latter subcontracted another firm, Open Skies Management Services,to deliver.

Owners of Kimaco Connections wired Sh242 million to Open Skies Management Services, which is owned by Zimbabwean Emmanuel Charumbira and a shareholder of Mozzartbet.

The agency says that the unclear source and wiring of the cash to a web of accounts, including many owned by MozzartBet, a pointer to a money laundering syndicate.

Court records indicate that MozzartBet used its pay bill number 290059 to wire millions through another pay bill number 311372 associated with Kimaco Connections to its pay bill 311372.



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