EACC targets four governors for their property-buying sprees and huge cash deposits
SEE ALSO :Haji fights guns order for WanjigiLooted money The governor under probe is known to be sponsoring major political activities for one of his party leaders. He is also said to have acquired hotels in Naivasha. A top official at EACC said the man is suspected to have stashed some of the cash in South African banks, a country he regularly visits. Yesterday, EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak confirmed that the commission would pounce on the four governors soon. “EACC has enhanced its investigations and asset tracing strategies while working with the DPP,” said Mr Mbarak.
SEE ALSO :Haji, DCI in Italy for dams’ stolen cash“It is our expectation that public entities, especially county governments, will be accountable and will adhere to laid down regulations.” The EACC boss told The Standard that his officers had begun the legal process of confiscating property acquired through looted money. According to EACC, some of the four governors’ properties and accounts were registered in their family members’ names. EACC is looking at instances where the county chiefs have acquired great wealth that is unexplained. For example, a governor from the North Rift is said to have acquired a three-star hotel in Nairobi, estimated to cost about Sh600 million.
SEE ALSO :Murkomen calls DPP's charges a charadeThe governor has also invested heavily in tourist hotels in his county, and is known to be chartering planes to fly him around. Another governor from Mt Kenya region is said to have acquired a property worth millions of shillings in Nairobi, which is registered in his spouse’s name. Investigators who have been trailing the county boss discovered that he had been depositing huge amounts of cash in his bank accounts, ranging from Sh2 million to Sh5 million regularly. Wealthy governor In one instance, the outspoken governor deposited about Sh10 million in a bank just a few minutes after a contractor with a tender from his county withdrew money from the same bank.
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