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Kenya civil servant found with nearly $5 million in 4 banks

The EACC says the bank accounts and the real estate property in Nairobi, Makueni and Kilifi counties could not have been built by his monthly salary of KSh390,000, arguing that he was a beneficiary of kickbacks from road contractors

A SENIOR official at a public roads agency risks losing KSh500 million (about $5 million) stashed in 22 bank accounts, 27 properties, shares in multiple companies and schools linked to kickbacks from contractors to the State.

The anti-graft agency has applied for the seizure and forfeiture of the assets by Benson Muteti Musila, a regional manager at the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA), saying they are part of unexplained wealth worth KSh952.3 million, reports the local Daily Business newspaper.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) was initially targeting more than KSh1.03bn but Musila satisfactorily explained properties with a cumulative value of Sh78.7 million.

The EACC says the bank accounts and the real estate property in Nairobi, Makueni and Kilifi counties could not have been built by his monthly salary of KSh390,000, arguing that he was a beneficiary of kickbacks from road contractors.

‘The commission pursuant to Section 55(2) of ACECA has instituted a suit seeking forfeiture of the above stated assets of KSh952,363,824.99 which were acquired at a time the Respondents were reasonably suspected of corruption or economic crimes,’ the petition stated.

Muteti was accused of getting kickbacks from contractors and also awarded State tenders to a company associated with his brother. The vast properties are managed by his spouse, Zipporah Mwongeli.

 

 

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SAM KIPLAGAT/Business Daily

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