The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating suspected embezzlement of public funds worth more than Sh11 million by adding a non-existent secondary school to the ministry’s database and channeling funds to it.

The official at the ministry’s headquarters in Nairobi has been giving the said-school which is listed in Kakamega County, a free day institution for close to one year. The school purportedly has 1,188 students.

The officer is alleged to have opened a personal bank account, which was credited with Sh11,131,305.53 Free Day Secondary Education Funds (FDSE) between August 22, 2017, and June 18, 2018.

The suspect’s dealings were uncovered when publishers contracted by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) could not trace the school on the ground while distributing textbooks.

EACC has established that the officer is an employee of the Education ministry, having been employed in 2010 and deployed to Khwisero Sub-County. The officer, who is now under EACC’s microscope, was the recipient of funds disbursed to the non-existent secondary school.

It was revealed that the suspect spent the proceeds on a vehicle worth Sh2.5 million and also bought two parcels of land at approximately Sh1.8 million while the remaining sum of approximately Sh7 million was withdrawn in cash on diverse dates. EACC requested the dealer to repossess the car from him enabling the agency to recover Sh1.9 million from the dealer after factoring in depreciation.

The anti-graft agency said investigations are at an advanced stage.

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