WAR ON CORRUPTION

Oburu among big names in EACC assets recovery list

The anti-graft agency reclaimed property valued at Sh12 billion in the year ending June 2020

In Summary
  • Bribery remains the most prevalent graft act, according to the report, and accounted for 34 per cent of the reports recommended for investigations.
  • Embezzlement constituted 23 per cent, procurement Irregularities 11 per cent with abuse of office accounting for nine per cent as well as unethical conduct.
EACC chairman Eliud Wabukala at Reef Hotel in Mombasa during a past press briefing.
EACC chairman Eliud Wabukala at Reef Hotel in Mombasa during a past press briefing.
Image: BRIAN OTIENO

EALA MP Oburu Oginga is among bigwigs that forfeited their assets to the state after it was established they acquired the property illegally.

The former assistant Finance minister forfeited a piece of land in Kisumu valued at Sh35 million that was established to belong to the Kenya Railways Corporation.

EACC, in its report for the year ending June 2020, has also listed former Alego MP Oloo Aringo among persons who had been irregularly allocated railways land.

Others were Mosop MP Vincent Tuwei who returned to the government three KRC assets valued at Sh30 million each.

A company trading as Zurip Properties also forfeited a Sh35 million property belonging to Kenya Railways, while Kaseki Enterprises returned Sh32 million land.

The property was part of the Sh12 billion illegally acquired and unexplained assets recovered through court proceedings and out-of-court settlements.

EACC also recovered from a former City Hall finance chief office Sh35 million for illegal acquisition of land belonging to the defunct City Council of Nairobi.

The anti-graft agency further recovered Sh282 million from the former City Hall official cash proceeds believed to be from the county coffers.

Former NLC commissioner Salome Munubi also returned to the government Sh18.5 million in unexplained wealth case lodged by the EACC following inquiry into SGR compensation payouts.

Commissioner of Lands Sammy Mwaita, who also served as Former Baringo South MP, returned a Sh56 million house in Mombasa that he had allocated to his company.

The commission, during the period under review, also recovered Sh11.5 million from Dr Ibrahim Haji Issak, the managing director of Kenya Meat Commission.

EACC also revealed the companies behind the grabbing of Kalro land in Naivasha valued at about Sh3 billion. The Sh1.9 billion parcel was recovered from Kingpin Ltd, while another valued at Sh1.2 billion was recovered from Wazazi Farmers Ltd, Karati Farm, and Top Farm.

Another Kalro parcel of Sh933 million was repossessed from Savannah Breweries Ltd during the period under review.

The anti-graft team also recovered from Pau Moses Ngetha and others Sh1 billion property belonging to the City Council of Nairobi at Woodley estate.

Former National Treasury official Thomas Njogu also returned Sh113 million unexplained cash; while Clarence Matheny returned Sh77 million cash belonging to the National Land Commission.

A firm trading as Lima Ltd had to revert to the state assets belonging to the Administration Police Service and Uasin Gishu county valued at Sh1.4 billion.

One Stanley Mombo Amuti returned Sh41 million cash belonging to National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation whereas Peter Ndegwa returned Sh28.7 million.

EACC also recovered cash from Michael Gituto of the National Treasury; Sh3.5 million from Bether Wangithi being money sourced from NLC; and Sh1.8 million from Dan Okoth of National Treasury.

In the same period, the EACC says it averted the loss of public funds to the tune of Sh10 billion through 31 proactive investigations. It stopped the payment of Sh252 million by Kenya Railways for land in Ngong'.

The intended payout was cancelled after investigations revealed that the parcel was overvalued and was on riparian reserve.

EACC investigations also averted the loss of Sh40 million by the office of the Auditor General on purported IFMIS training. 

It further stopped the transfer of public land valued at Sh250 million by the county government of Kiambu.

The land in Ruiru was due to be transferred from education to residential by a private developer working in cahoots with unscrupulous county officials.

EACC further reported that it prevented the loss of Sh250 million at Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency following a probe into dams tenders.

The commission further caused the cancellation of a tender for proposed construction of Naku’etum peace dam in Turkana county by National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority at Sh231 million.

EACC further reports that it averted the loss of Sh200 million after cancelling the payment meant for the partial construction of a pavilion at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru town by the county government.

The anti-graft agency also stopped payment of Sh150 million, which the School Equipment Production Unit was to make to Vulcan Lab Equipment for supply of school equipment.

EACC further says it prevented the loss of Sh120 million at the Kenya Ports Authority following an inquiry into allegation of embezzlement of funds by one Antony Muhanji, a staff of KPA.

Payment of some royalties to the tune of Sh12 million was stopped following allegations of fraudulent manipulation.

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak said the commission has developed two corruption prevention guidelines in the ICT and records management functions.

The anti-graft agency reports that 16 of sampled 25 public institutions failed a random integrity test. Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, National Police Service, Kenya Revenue Authority, Ministry of Lands, and National Transport and Safety Authority were among public institutions tested.

“For the officers who failed, the commission recommended administrative action to the respective institutions,” the report reads.

Bribery remains the most prevalent graft act, according to the report, and accounted for 34 per cent of the reports recommended for investigations.

Embezzlement constituted 23 per cent, procurement Irregularities 11 per cent with abuse of office accounting for nine per cent as well as unethical conduct.

Cases of fraudulent acquisition and disposal of public property constituted six per cent, with unexplained wealth accounting for four per cent.

-Edited by SKanyara