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EACC reveals details of Sh140 million assets recovered

By Moses Njagih
Updated Fri, February 12th 2016 at 00:00 GMT +3

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has revealed details of illegally acquired property worth Sh140.3 million. The commission recovered the money in the 2014-2015 financial year.

It added that it had attracted 68 suits challenging its actions.

In its annual report tabled in the National Assembly yesterday, EACC further revealed that in the year under review, it had filed before court six suits for recovery of more illegally acquired public assets and a further six applications for preservation of property, obtaining orders to secure the assets.

In a report tabled in the House by Majority Leader Aden Duale, EACC said it recovered 11 illegally acquired public and unexplained assets estimated at Sh140, 280, 426.70 through court proceedings and out-of-court settlements.

The report was prepared by EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo as per the requirements of the EACC Act and the Leadership and Integrity Act.

The anti-graft body revealed that it recovered two public assets belonging to Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) from a Christopher Ochieng Apollo, trading as Networks Africa.

One asset recovered from Mr Apollo was estimated to be valued at Sh40 million, while the other one was valued at Sh12 million.

Other illegally acquired properties it recovered belonged to the County Government of Nairobi, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya Revenue Authority and the National Aids Control Council.

The commission, then under the leadership of Mumo Matemu and commissioners Irene Keino and Jane Onsongo, said that of the 12 suits it had filed, two were in regards to recovery of two parcels of illegally acquired land belonging to Moi International Airport in Mombasa. One, valued at Sh32 million, was acquired by Peter Kipyegon Lagat and others.

EACC, however, revealed that in the course of its duty, it had attracted suits challenging its decisions.

"Following ongoing investigations and prosecution against public and state officers, the commission was exposed to suits in the nature of constitutional references, judicial review applications and other civil cases," states the report.

Among notable figures who, within the year under review, had taken action against the anti-graft body were governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Joseph Ndathi (Kirinyaga), former Minister Amos Kimunya, lawyer Tom Ojienda and nominated Oburu Odinga.

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