May 23, 2024

EACC seizes 17 cars and 106 properties belonging to a government employee over corruption

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EACC seizes 17 cars and 106 properties belonging to a government employee over corruption

A government employee attached to the Ministry of Lands is counting losses after the court ordered the seizure of his 17 luxury cars and 106 prime properties across the country after EACC request

A government employee attached to the Ministry of Lands is counting losses after the court ordered the seizure of his 17 luxury cars and 106 prime properties across the country after EACC request.

The High Court has granted the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) permission to freeze 106 plots of land, 17 vehicles, and cash belonging to Thika Land Registrar Felix Nyakundi believed to be the proceeds of crime.

Justice Esther Maina issued the preservation order on Tuesday, March 12 following a petition filed by EACC seeking to hold Nyakundi’s property pending an investigation against him.

“Pending the conclusion of the investigations, there is an urgent need to preserve the said assets by prohibiting the transfer or disposal or any other dealing with the said properties,” EACC requested the court.

Justice Maina gave the anti-graft watchdog a period of six months to keep Nyakundi’s properties.

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The government employee is being investigated for alleged misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office, and unexplained wealth.

In the petition filed on Monday, EACC argued that the wealth acquired by the senior land registrar did not align with his income. 

According to EACC, Nyakundi acquired 106 properties across the country, 17 vehicles, and Ksh 4.6 million in cash that was seized after a raid in his home. Some of the properties are in Nairobi, Kisii, Kajiado, Kilifi, Makueni and Machakos counties.

The commission noted that it needed the seizure to preserve the said assets by prohibiting the transfer or disposal of the same.

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