COURT GRANTS ANTI-GRAFT BODY EACC PRESERVATION ORDERS, FREEZES KETRACO EMPLOYEE’S SEVEN BANK ACCOUNTS

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A senior Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has been dealt a double blow with the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court issuing freezing his bank accounts, and the anti-graft body Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) seeking to further investigate his dealings.

The High Court Judge, Justice Esther Maina frozen seven accounts associated official for alleged pilferage of public funds, barring him from withdrawing more than Kshs.58 million from his accounts, directly or through proxies, for a period of six months.

The affected monies held at two different Saccos, including Kshs.3.6 million in one account and Kshs.11.9 million in another. The official also has a shares account holding Kshs.32.2 million, while another holds Kshs.930,760 paid as dividends.

The anti-graft body alleges that it has further unraveled a number of properties owned the official including 40 parcels of land in Nakuru, Nairobi and Nyandarua counties, and eight motor vehicles, which he acquired in the same period against his earnings totaling Kshs 35.7 million in remunerations, between February 2010 and March 2021 and another Kshs 4.4 million in form of cash imprests.

While seeking preservation orders, the anti-graft body EACC told the court that the assets are disproportionate to his known legitimate source of income, and requested the Court preserve the pending completion of the investigation.

EACC suspects the money and properties to be proceeds of corruption involving activities of “illegally and irregularly” engaging in influence and award of tenders and payment of goods and services. The anti-graft body alleges that the accused has enriched himself through bribes and embezzlement of public funds.

The anti-graft agency is also investigating the KETRACO employee’s allies and close family members, including his spouse.

The anti-corruption investigations have increasingly unraveled a complex web of officials using their families, cronies and friends to engage in corruption and hide their tracks, oblivious of the fact that investigative bodies have adopted a multi-agency approach to fighting corruption. This means there is no more room for such individuals to escape the joint efforts of anti-graft bodies keen on nabbing them.

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