Lead anti-graft agency Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has been granted the right to collect rental income accruing from buildings owned by a senior National Treasury official who is accused of corruption.
The anti-Corruption Court Judge Justice Esther Maina, gave EACC the go-ahead to seize the income collected monthly from tenants residing in both residential and commercial buildings belonging to Treasury’s Deputy Director of External Resources, Charles Muia Mutiso.
The official has been accused of also failing to declare his income to taxman, Kenya Revenue Authority in his tax returns. He is also accused of breaching the Public Officer Ethics Act, 2003, by under-declaring his assets to the State in the bi-annual statutory Wealth and Income declaration for public officers.
The EACC went to court to seize his unexplained wealth amounting to Kshs. 96.6 million including cars, parcels of land and millions in bank accounts. The official is said to have accumulated this massive wealth over a period of five years, that did not match his monthly salary of Kshs.144,000. Last year, Mutiso, was also ordered to surrender a vehicle and its logbook, which the EACC said was suspected to be proceeds of crime.
The anti-graft body managed to secure court orders freezing the more than Kshs.36 million held in four bank accounts in Cooperative Bank, Absa and Kenya Commercial Bank, suspected to be proceeds of corruption.
EACC will collect the rental income pending a court determination of a case where it is seeking to have his assets forfeited to the State.