EACC TO INVESTIGATE KSHS.100MN WEALTH HELD BY A RURAL ROAD AGENCY’S ACCOUNTANT

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Lead anti-graft agency, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has started a probe into properties valued at Kshs.100 million said to be owned by an accountant at the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA).

The agency is investigating 13 properties owned by the accountant, Esther Wanjiru Chege following suspicions that they could be proceeds of graft.

A bank accountant held by the suspects, had also transacted a total of Kshs.26.4 million for a period of six years since January 2016.

The anti-graft agency obtained court orders freezing her accounts. “Wanjiru is linked to several private companies registered through proxies and relatives which have reportedly been trading with her employer, KeRRA,” EACC stated.

The accused is suspected of engaging in conflict of interest, embezzlement of public funds, and being in possession of unexplained wealth. According to EACC, Conflict of interest is part of procurement-related corruption which accounts for almost 80 per cent of graft cases in the country. A growing trend where public officers are directly or indirectly doing business with the institutions they serve has been observed by the agency.

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