Properties worth Sh192 million belonging to a former KRA supervisor have been frozen over allegations of being proceeds of corruption.
High Court Judge Esther Maina issued the orders prohibiting Jeremiah Kamau Kinyua from selling, transferring or disposing of the properties in Nairobi, Kiambu and Laikipia counties following a suit by the anti-graft commission claiming that the assets were acquired through fraud.
Additionally, Justice Maina stopped Kinyua, his wife Theresa Njeri, and their two companies Cherya Enterprises Limited and Bestline Enterprises Limited from disposing of a vehicle valued at Sh3.5 million.
The judge directed that the freezing orders shall last for six months to enable Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission complete investigations and file the formal suit to recover the proceeds.
Investigations conducted by EACC found a huge disproportion between the value of Kinyua’s assets and his known legitimate source of income. According to EACC, this led to suspicion that he engaged in corruption and economic crimes as a result of which Kinyua had accumulated unexplained assets totalling Sh192,020,582.
EACC had received information that Kinyua being a public officer at KRA accumulated assets which are disproportionate to his known legitimate sources of income between January 2012 to January 2021 and upon preliminary investigations established he could not explain the sources.
The commission’s lawyer Grace Maina told the court that between 2012 and January 2021, Kinyua net salary and known sources of income totalled Sh11 million which does not correspond to the accumulated wealth.