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Ex-Govt Official to Lose Ksh80 M Assets

  • A former Government official on Thursday, March 11, suffered a huge blow after a court ordered him to forfeit all his properties valued at Ksh80,840,000.

    Justice Mumbi Ngugi sitting in the Anti Corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the High Court ordered Patrick Abachi to forfeit all his assets to the Government of Kenya.

    According to documents presented in court by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC), Abachi worked in the Ministry of Finance as an accountant during the period of 2003 and 2007.

    Kenyan High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi

    Kenyan High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi.

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    During this period in question, the Ministry of Finance was on the spot after a report released by the Controller and Auditor-General showed the irregularities in the procurement of contracts in the Anglo leasing scandal.

    While carrying out investigations, EACC received information that Abachi possessed assets beyond his known sources of income worth over Ksh80 million. Reports indicated that Abachi received a monthly income of Ksh53,900.

    EACC carried out a search at Abachi’s house and found a sum of Ksh1,990,000. Further, the commission unearthed documents of title to properties worth over Ksh80 Million. 

    According to EACC, the properties were acquired between 2002 and 2007. Hence, Abachi was invited to the commission to explain how he got access to the titles in question.

    “Pursuant to Section 26 of the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Act (ACECA), EACC invited Abachi to explain the disproportion between the assets and his known legitimate sources of income. However, the explanation given was not satisfactory,” part of the court statement read.

    Among the properties in question included four Toyota cars, one Mitsubishi Saloon and property estates in areas such as Ngong, Kitengela and Mombasa.

    Justice Ngugi, upon reviewing the evidence, ruled that Abachi was not able to demonstrate any legitimate source of funds to acquire the said assets. 

    She also argued that Abachi was suspected to have been involved in corruption revolving around the Anglo leasing contracts. 

     

    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Comission (EACC) Offices at Integrity centre Building in Nairobi. ‎Monday, ‎18 ‎November ‎2019.

    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Comission (EACC) Offices at Integrity centre Building in Nairobi. ‎Monday, ‎18 ‎November ‎2019.

    Simon Kiragu

    Kenyans.co.ke

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