Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) reveals how an Education Ministry official pocketed Ksh11 million in a year after creating a fake school.
In a statement, EACC noted that the senior official was tasked with the disbursement of government funds to schools meant for the Free Day Secondary Education Programme.
The education officer established a fictitious secondary school named Mundeku Secondary School thanks to his access to the Ministry’s financial system.
He then used used his personal bank account as the school account.
The phantom school, according to EACC, was established on August 22, 2017, and it received funding for close to a year.
By the time the accout was flagged by EACC, it had already received Ksh11.1 million.
According to the anti-corruption agency, it promptly went to court to reclaim the monies, which were primarily spent on buying property across the country.
EACC said in its finding that the official bought a Toyota Vanguard and two pieces of property with the funds.
“In his ruling, Justice Prof Nixon Sifuna found that he conceived and executed a fraudulent scheme through which he received Ksh11,131,305.53 at the expense of the children of Kenya, who are the beneficiaries of the Free Day Secondary Education funds,” read the statement in part.
“The High Court declared the property proceeds of crime that should be forfeited to the government.”
Following the ruling, EACC has compiled a file for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) as they seek to have the officials charged with corruption.
Upon reviewing the file, the ODPP will make recommendations regarding the corruption charges preferred against the senior ministry official.
EACC’s revelations have exposed loopholes in the ministry’s financial management with many Kenyans questioning how money was disbursed to a ghost school for one year without anyone taking notice.