A man said to be a cleaning supervisor for the Department of Correction Services has hit headlines after being linked to a multimillion embezzlement of taxpayer’s money.
Eric Kipkurui Mutai who works at Kenya Prison Headquarters was said to be worth KSh 257 million despite being on a KSh 20,000 monthly salary.
The High Court heard that Mutai has a house in Nairobi valued at KSh 17.5 million and two plots of property in Nyaribari Chache in Kisii County valued at KSh 25 million.
He also has another piece of land in Kericho valued at KSh 17 million.
Mutai also had a total of seven cars valued at KSh 32 million.
On Tuesday, April 19, Justice Esther Maina of the EACC’S anti-corruption division of the High Court ordered Mutai to surrender the cars to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC).
“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,” Maina ordered.
According to EACC counsel David Kenduiwa, between 2012 and 2016, Mutai registered seven business which he used to embezzle the money.
“His companies were the conduits for embezzling the Sh257 million through fictitious contracts for supply of food and ration to the State Department of Correctional Services when the goods were never supplied,” Kenduiwa told the court.
Dorothy Mnjala said Mutai withdrew the money hurriedly and purchased properties.
The prosecution argued that Mutai’s known sources of income don’t match his properties and net worth.
The case will be mentioned on October 25.
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