The Nairobi Anti-Corruption Tribunal has closed the accounts and confiscated the assets of a prison employee who allegedly illegally acquired a fortune of Ksh 257 million.
Judge Esther Maina has given the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) the light to seize the employee’s property as investigations into his alleged involvement in corruption cases continue.
Part of the seized assets include three houses worth Ksh 57 million and seven vehicles worth Ksh 32 million.
“Preliminary investigations have also revealed that the above-mentioned funds were misappropriated through fake food supply and distribution contracts to the Department of Corrections, whose products were never delivered,” the EACC said in a statement.
The anti-corruption agency investigated how the prison worker, whose salary was reduced to Ksh 20,000 a month, could afford luxury cars worth Ksh 32 million as well as assets of several million.
It is reported that the vehicles were purchased between May and November 2017. In addition, court documents revealed that the employee received Ksh 257 million in cash through seven companies registered between 2012 and 2016. The companies listed the dealer as the sole owner.
According to detective Diana Kenduiwa, the assets were purchased and registered in the name of other actors.
“The seven companies were responsible for the fraudulent acquisition of Ksh 257 million from the State Department.”
“The assets purchased include the proceeds of fraudulent or corrupt behavior, for which the EACC is responsible for seeking restitution,” the EACC told the court.
The investigator asked the court to allow the EACC to seize the property, noting that the employee would transfer the property as a precautionary measure.
Judge Maina, issuing the order, noted that the investigation should be completed within the next six months. The trial is set to begin on October 25.