How Ex-Political Advisor Swindled Ksh13.9 Million from MCAs

  • Nairobi MCAs during a physical sitting in 2020
    Nairobi MCAs during a physical sitting in 2020
  • The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has moved to court seeking orders to recover millions of shillings from a former political advisor of ex-Taita Governor John Mruttu. 

    In a lawsuit filed at the Voi Chief Magistrate's court, the anti-graft agency accuses the advisor of illegally and fraudulently collecting allowances on behalf of the county assembly members and other politicians and pocketing the money. 

    In total, he collected over Ksh13.9 million as imprest (a sum of money advanced to a person for a particular purpose). 

    Kenyan Currency notes.
    Kenyan currency notes.

    According to a report by Citizen TV, the former advisor made the imprest applications between November 2015 and May 2017. 

    Through the suit, EACC is seeking to recover the money with interest charged at commercial rates as well as the cost of the suit. 

    The Commission has been in a bid to recover illegally acquired assets from politicians and influential personnel. 

    Recently, a junior employee at the National Treasury was on the spot after he amassed Ksh18 million in just two years while earning a salary of Ksh50,000 between March 2020 and May 2017. 

    EACC obtained orders to freeze Ksh18 million believed to be proceeds of corruption. 

    According to the commission, the employee received a total of Ksh37 million as petty-cash, facilitation and extraneous allowance.

    The employee is reported to have received Ksh24 million as imprest, facilitation and nonessential allowance in her bank account.

    Further, detectives from EACC claimed that out of the Ksh11.8 million received through one of the employee's bank accounts, a sum of Ksh11 million was transferred to their fixed deposit accounts in the same bank while Ksh498,000 was withdrawn in cash leaving a balance of Ksh400,000.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.

    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Comission (EACC) Offices at Integrity centre Building in Nairobi. ‎Monday, ‎18 ‎November ‎2019.
    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Offices at Integrity Centre in Nairobi. ‎Monday, ‎18 ‎November ‎2019.
    Simon Kiragu
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