The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) detectives are said to be training their sight on suspect wealth and properties owned by officials working in parastatals handling major construction projects.
The developments come hot on the heels of the recent cases where the agencies have successfully moved to courts to freeze unexplained wealth belonging to some of these officials in bids to have it forfeited to the State.
Cases include the freezing of Kshs. 952million worth of assets belonging to Benson Muteti Masila, an Engineer and KeRRA Coast Regional Manager, after he was accused of amassing his wealth through kickbacks received from contractors awarded tenders in Kilifi, Mombasa and Makueni Counties among other unexplained sources. His suspect properties include bank and MPesa deposits, apartments, motor vehicles, insurance policies and listed shares according to documents presented in court by the anti-graft agency, EACC. The official was also said to have engaged in money laundering through businesses owned by his wife.
On its part, the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) is also pursuing several graft related cases linked to officials from the highly budgeted parastatals. Recently, ARA moved to have the court freeze the assets and bank accounts belonging to Margaret Wanja Muthui who is the Deputy Director of Supply Chain Management at KeRRA. Justice James Wakiaga also issued orders freezing a total of Kshs.93.4 million in three accounts said to belong to her accomplices.
It has now emerged that the two anti-graft agencies have on their radar more officials from big parastatals including officials suspected of misappropriation approximately Kshs.300 million of tax-payers money.
The allegations dogging these officials include dubious tendering and payments of roads projects, questionable massive wealth, collecting kickbacks from contractors, among other economic crimes.