The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has been granted orders to freeze Kshs.11.5 million belonging to a former at Machakos County Executive (CEC).
The Anti-Corruption granted the anti-graft agency the orders after investigations revealed that the former CEC Urbanus Wambua Musyoka had amassed wealth worth over half a billion between January 2014 and July 2021.
The former CEC is suspected acquiring the massive wealth through using companies associated with him and close relatives; M/S Wisdom Holding Limited, M/S Wemmar Enterprise, M/S Wafih International Limited and M/S Kikoto General Merchants.
Further, the companies are suspected to have also evaded paying taxes to the Kenya Revenue Authority amounting to Kshs.181.7 million. The wealth has been established to be way more than his known sources of income.
The court heard that the accused had received substantial successive cash deposits into his various bank accounts which he could not satisfactorily demonstrate the source and the sleuths suspected it was from bribes and proceeds of crime received by virtue of his employment at the County government.
Records indicate that the accused awarded tenders amounting to Kshs. 531.3 million to the companies, and acquired properties including land and a residential building worth Kshs.105.8 million.
The anti-graft body is seeking to recover assets worth Kshs.631.5. The court granted the commission the orders and froze Kshs,11.5 million in the accused’s bank account, two cars among other assets pending the hearing and determination of the case.
The anti-graft body has increasingly made recoveries from suspected who have unexplained and illegally acquired assets. In FY 2020/2021 alone, EACC made recoveries worth KES 6.2 billion of illegaly acquired and unexplained assets.