The Courts have frozen Ksh257 million in cash and assets in the name of a cleaning supervisor at the State Department for Correctional Services, Eric Kipkurui, over graft claims.
According to reports, Kipkurui received a salary of Ksh20,800, yet he had cars worth Ksh32 million and a house in Nairobi worth Ksh17.5 million, raising eyebrows about the source of the wealth.
Mr Kipkurui is suspected to have embezzled funds meant for inmates’ food.
Lady Justice Esther Maina has restrained Kipkurui from dealing with or transferring his multi-million shilling assets in Nairobi, Kisii and Kericho counties.
“The freezing orders shall subsist for a period of six months to allow EACC complete investigations into the allegations of fraud and embezzlement of public funds, and to file a formal application for recovery of the public resources,” ruled Justice Maina.
Kipkurui also owns two parcels of land in Nyaribari Chache in Kisii County valued at Ksh25 million and another piece of land in Kericho valued at Ksh17 million.
Kipkurui is said to have registered seven companies between 2012 and 2016, which he used to steal the funds in the name of supplying food to the department.
“His companies were the conduits for embezzling the Ksh257 million through fictitious contracts for supply of food and ration to the State Department of Correctional Services when the goods were never supplied,” said Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) lawyer Diana Kenduiwa.
Mutai and his three companies, Unique Supplies, Homex Logistics Enterprises and Hygienic Ventures, have been ordered to surrender seven vehicles to EACC within seven days.