Kamlesh Pattni Bio, Age, Goldenberg Scandal, AL- Jazeera Expose and Wealth

Kamlesh Pattni well known as brother Paul is a controversial Kenyan- Indian pastor and a renowned businessman who rose to fame in the 90s. Kamlesh was among the top businessmen during the Moi era and his name hit headlines during the Goldenberg scandal that saw Kenyan taxpayers lose billions in subsidized export of gold that were beyond the standards.

Despite being mentioned in the scandal it took him 14 years to prove his innocence in a court of law and following the back-to-back hit Kamlesh turned out to be a pastor and accepted the name brother Paul as his Christian name.

After staying off the media for years, his name has resurfaced again following Al-Jazeera’s expose of how he turned dirty money into gold. This article has everything you need to know about the expose as well as his life journey

Kamlesh Pattni Career

Kamlesh Pattni

Business Career and Goldenberg Scandal

Kamlesh Pattni, born Kamlesh Mansukhlai Damji Pattni began his business career in his early 20s controlling huge business enterprises. At 25 years old he was already a millionaire engaging in different businesses including an engineering firm, duty-free shops, five-star hotels, a bank as well as a tour and travel company.

His name grew in the business world and in the 90s his company Goldenberg International was contracted by the government of Kenya which was headed by the late President Daniel Arap Moi.

His company was contracted and given exclusive rights to export Kenyan Gold. However, the contract would later explode as it was discovered that the company smuggled gold from Congo and sold it abroad.

The scheme was blown by a whistleblower who at the time was working for Central Bank. According to the whistleblower, there was no export of Gold from Kenya despite the huge amount of money that was being transacted to facilitate the export.

This led to an investigation into the matter and following the investigation numerous high-profile politicians were linked to the scandal that saw the country lose Ksh 60 billion which was over 10% of the country’s GDP at the time.

Following the investigation, it was alleged that Kamlesh bought the Grand Regency Hotel with the profits of the smuggling gold. In order to avoid prosecution, he decided to hand over the hotel to the Central Bank of Kenya which would later sell the hotel to Libyan investors. The businessman battled the case in the court for years before he was acquitted in 2013 by the High Court of Kenya.

Joining Politics

In 2007, Kamlesh decided to follow a political route and vied for a member of parliament seat for Westlands. However, despite his desire and promises to the people of Westland he never managed to secure the seat and that marked the end of his political career.

Transformation to Brother Paul