Puzzle of Govt's Errand Boy's Ksh700M Fortune Amassed in 4 Years

  • Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has turned his gaze towards an unexplained Ksh700 million fortune reportedly acquired by a former messenger of the Treasury Ministry.

    Quoting a report by the agency, People Daily indicated that the DCI believed that the unexplained wealth was amassed between 2014 and 2017 for reportedly offering services to departments including some outside the ministry.

    Without revealing the identity of the 38-year-old suspect who comes from Migori County, the paper further noted that he owned a series of apartments and luxury vehicles and has previously toured numerous countries.

    It was also established that the former government official had a substantial stake in the transport industry and has two parcels of land in Githurai Kimbo and Mavoko.

    National Treasury where the messenger worked between 2014 and 2017, the same time he used to amass an unexplained wealth of Ksh700 million.

    A multi-agency team probing the matter believes that the messenger was being used by some influential individuals to swindle money from public coffers.

    For instance, the team established that his company identified as BS company received Ksh27.8 million for consultancy services in September 2014.

    The same company further allegedly received Ksh103 million between 2014 and 2016 with an amount as high as Ksh27 million not being captured in the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).

    The publication further indicated that the messenger has three bank accounts, which have since been frozen, a dollar account and two for local currency.

    The detectives also established that he has a number of vehicles registered under his name in 2014.

    On Sunday, the DCI confirmed that they were looking into the case and investigations were ongoing.

    “We suspect that the junior officer was being used by some crooked senior officials to loot the government. We shall go for all of them once the investigations are complete,” stated Kinoti.

    The messenger reportedly resigned from his state job after discovering that the agency was going after him.

    Hands holding Kenyan currency. A former messenger at the Treasury Ministry is under the police radar for amassing Ksh700 million fortune in just four years.