Puzzle of Treasury Employee With Ksh37M Wealth on Ksh50K Salary

A woman in handcuffs
A woman in handcuffs
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Detectives are seeking to establish how a junior employee at the National Treasury was able to amass Ksh18,000,000 in just two years.

In a statement dated Tuesday, June 21, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) noted that it has obtained permits to freeze Ksh18 million believed to be proceeds of corruption held by one Tracy Njoki.
According to the EACC, Njoki was earning a salary of Ksh50,000 between March 2020 and May 2022, which amounted to approximately Ksh1,350,000 during the period under investigation.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Comission (EACC) Offices at Integrity centre Building in Nairobi. ‎Monday, ‎18 ‎November ‎2019.
A photo of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Offices at Integrity Centre in Nairobi taken on ‎November 18, ‎2019.

During the same period, she received a total of Ksh37,000,000 as imprests (a sum of money advanced to a person for a particular purpose), facilitation and extraneous allowance.

EACC stated that between February 2020 and March 2022, Njoki received Ksh24,119,926 as imprests, facilitation and nonessential allowance in her bank account.

The detectives also established that between February 2022 and June 2022, she received Ksh11,899,052 as imprests, facilitation and extraneous allowance in a separate bank account.

Detectives told the court that out of the Ksh11.8 million received through one of Njoki's bank accounts, a sum of Ksh11 million was transferred to her fixed deposit accounts in the same bank while Ksh498,000 was withdrawn in cash leaving a balance of Ksh400,000.

"Preliminary investigations have further established that out of Ksh24 million received through her bank account, a sum of Ksh4.6 million was used to purchase Treasury Bills, while Ksh2.7 million is the balance in the account," the documents read.

EACC obtained orders from the High Court to freeze cash in excess of Ksh18 million in her various accounts pending the conclusion of investigations. 

Last week, the anti-graft agency moved to court seeking orders to freeze property valued at Ksh1.2 billion belonging to a Ministry of Lands employee.

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after presenting a cheque to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.
EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after presenting a cheque to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.
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EACC stated that the amount of property the official had acquired over the years did not match his salary and other sources of income.

Detectives stated that they would move to recover vehicles, cash money, and other property owned by the land's official.

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