Civil Servant's Accounts Frozen After Audit Places His Net Worth at Ksh 138M

  • Mercedes Benz G Wagons fitted with wedding decorations.
    Mercedes Benz G Wagons fitted with wedding decorations.
  • A senior government employee has been dealt a huge blow after the Anti-Corruption Court froze all his accounts holding Ksh57 million.

    This is after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had argued that he had an unexplained wealth estimated at Ksh138 million.

    According to a local media report, the frozen accounts belonged to a Senior Manager at the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) which is a 100% state owned corporation.

    In the ruling, Anti-Corruption High court Judge, Esther Maina directed that the accounts be frozen for a period of six months as investigations into his conduct continues.

    A file image of electric engineers during a past assignment
    A file image of electric engineers during a past assignment.
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    The money, which is on the radar, is contained in various accounts including Saccos as well as investment accounts.

    “An order be and is hereby issued prohibiting the respondent (Njehia) his agents, servants or any other person from withdrawing, transferring, disposing, wasting and/or in any other way dealing with the funds held in the Sacco and investment accounts listed,” ruled the judge.

    The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) accused the government worker of illegally amassing the wealth whose value has been pegged at Ksh138 million.

    He was accused of influencing tenders at the company and has invested in various properties across the country including eight high-end cars.

    EACC claimed that the employee has over 40 properties sprawled across Nairobi, Nakuru and Nyandarua Counties.

    The properties include private and investment companies, parcels of land and investments in various Saccos across the country.

    Broken down, the civil servant's saccos and investments accounts has an estimated Ksh76 million while he has share deposits valued at Ksh64 million.

    “Preliminary investigations reveal that the respondent (Njehia) has amassed a lot of wealth as a result of the corrupt conduct including over forty (40) landed properties in Nairobi, Nakuru and Nyandarua Counties.

    “It is becoming evident that the Respondent (Njehia) has unexplained assets disproportionate to his known legitimate source of income and specifically his salary as a public officer,” stated EACC in court documents.

    The investigation has also been extended to his close family members who are believed to have been used as proxies in the operation.

    This comes even as KETRACO lost a court case challenging the award of Ksh4.8 billion to a Spanish firm over the construction of the power line linking Uganda to the Kenyan power grid.

    The payout will be made by the taxpayers' money.

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    File image of a court gavel