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Court freezes Bank account of Environment Ministry staffer unaccountable Ksh 79 million deposit

By Citizens Against Corruption Kenya Corruption Awareness Desk, Nairobi – April 26, 2022

The court ordered that the account should be frozen for six months.

In Summary 

  • Samuel Kariuki was earning a net salary of Ksh 32,000 to Ksh 42,000 but had over Ksh 79 million in his account ostensibly for Ministry snacks.
  • In the affidavits, the case was certified urgent and an order made that the respondent or his agents should not withdraw the money.
  • Any other persons should not transfer, dispose or in any other way deal with the funds in the bank account described hereunder to enable the applicant to complete its investigations before instituting recovery proceedings.
  • The racket is believed to have skimmed billions of shillings from ministries and parastatals and robbed Kenyans of services, goods and projects.
  • When President Uhuru Kenyatta disclosed Kenya loses Ksh 2 billion daily, he did not know what he was pointing at.

The High Court has frozen bank accounts belonging to Samuel Njoroge, a public officer at the Ministry of Environment for allegedly transacting Ksh 79 million shillings which does not match his income.

This follows orders sort by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission EACC, which says Njoroge currently has Ksh 22 million shillings in his account yet has been earning Ksh 32,000 since 2018

EACC says it had previously received information regarding embezzlement of funds, that Njoroge had received numerous deposits of large sums of money from the Ministry amounting to 79.7 million shillings in his Equity bank account. The shocking part of the payments is that the money was ostensibly for Ministry snacks.

It is not clear why the EACC has not investigated why the Ministry’s senior financial staff, auditor and accountant, never queried the purchases of snacks for so much money, who ate them or who delivered them or even why the money was not paid directly to the suppliers.

The Environment staffer could be a victim of a clandestine group of young men recruited into a criminal racket formed in 2013 to raise money for political funding for 2022 general election. The youthful staff were planted in ministries and parastatal organisations to be conduits of embezzled funds generated through fictitious tenders for goods that never were delivered and non-existent consultancy services.

The youths would deposit money paid by the ministries and parastatal organisations after winning tenders manufactured by a parallel syndicate that was created to scout for potential governmental victims with weak financial vaults through which cash could be syphoned. Over the years they have ransacked almost all ministries including Treasury.

The racket is believed to have skimmed billions of shillings from ministries and parastatals and robbed Kenyans of services, goods and projects worth stacks of billions of shillings that is freely dished out to politicians to pursue political careers. The looters swore never to disclose their benefactors otherwise they would face death or lose their loved ones.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta disclosed Kenya loses Ksh 2 billion daily, he did not know what he was pointing at. The lavish lifestyle by some politicians in Kenya points towards massive plunder of public funds that has been perpetrated for a decade in unprecedented manner. Never before has so much money been stolen with the sole purpose of political use and selfaggradisement.

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The commission now wants time to conclude investigations on the why the money was channeled to his account as well as where the rest was sent.

According to the court documents, Kariuki was earning a net salary of Ksh 32,000 to Ksh 42,000 but had over Ksh 75 million in his account. EACC has filed the case against Kariuki.

In the affidavits, the case was certified urgent and an order was made that the respondent or his agents should not withdraw the money.

“Or any other persons from transferring, disposing or in any other way dealing with the funds in the bank account described hereunder to enable the applicant to complete its investigations before instituting recovery proceedings,” the court ordered.

Kariuki is said to have deposited the funds to the Equity Bank limited. The court ordered that the account should be frozen for a period of six months. Fiscal observers say the collaborating banks should also be punished.

Kenyan banks are willing conduits for corruption cash – looking the other way and harassing genuine clients who sell their properties when they bank or withdraw their cash despite having all the necessary documentation. MPesa and others are also in it.

A confidential report mid last year said the Deputy President Willian Ruto had raised enough money for elections but was critical of government efforts to curb corruption.  It said; “Fortunately, the Lord has been kind to us and we have raised enough resources since 2013. All members of our campaign should redouble their effort in the fully knowledge that a Ruto presidency shall introduce a business-friendly environment for all hustlers and appoint capable officers to replace the unfriendly incumbents.

At the same time former Kasarani MP Elizabeth Ongoro and 9 others have been charged afresh over graft allegations.

The 10 are accused of embezzling public funds amounting to 43.1 million shillings from Kasarani CDF between 1st of May 2008 and December 31st 2012.

They are facing various charges among them abuse of office, unlawful acquisition of public property, conflict of interest among others.

The case will mentioned on the 13th of May with the hearing set to commence from 27th of June.