- The Commission wants all the assets to be forfeited to the government for being proceeds of corruption and economic crime.
- EACC said Ajwang, who earns a net monthly salary of Sh21,000 amassed the Sh537 million of unexplained wealth between January 2014 and June 2022.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has obtained orders from the High Court freezing unexplained wealth valued at Sh537 million.
The wealth belongs to a junior Procurement Officer at the Nairobi City County government Michael Auka Ajwang.
The assets frozen are nine landed properties including a 3-star hotel along Kisumu-Bondo road and 10 motor vehicles.
The Commission wants all the assets to be forfeited to the government for being proceeds of corruption and economic crime.
EACC alleges Ajwang, who earns a net monthly salary of Sh21,000 amassed the Sh537 million of unexplained wealth between January 2014 and June 2022.
"In this period of interest, the total income from his legitimately known sources was Sh2,122,232.56," it added.
The case has begun in August 2022 following when EACC received a report that Ajwang's alleged accumulated wealth and living standards were not proportional to his known sources of income.
Following preliminary investigations into the allegations, the anti-graft body suspected Ajwang of corruption and obtained temporary injunction orders from the High Court to preserve the assets to allow investigations.
The orders were issued on August 24, 2022, by Justice Maina.
Complete investigations established the suspicions and also found out that during the period of interest, Ajwang routinely received huge amounts of money in his bank accounts from several companies awarded tenders by Nairobi City County Government.
Consequently, EACC issued a statutory notice to Ajwang requiring him to account for the disparity between his wealth and his known legitimate source of income.
He however could not.
The Commission issued a demand requiring him to forfeit the assets to the state, which he failed to do.
This prompted EACC to file forfeiture proceedings in court on Monday, alongside an Application under a Certificate of Urgency seeking to freeze the assets until the case is fully heard and determined.
On Wednesday, Justice Esther Maina granted the application.
"Pending the hearing and determination of this suit, a temporary injunction is issued restraining the Defendants/Respondents by themselves, their servants, agents or any other person from demanding Sh799,000 seized pursuant to a search conducted by the Plaintiff/Applicant in Miscellaneous Criminal Application Number E1773 of 2022," the court added.