How Jimmy Kiamba used juniors to defraud Nairobi County – Investigating Officer


How Jimmy Kiamba used juniors to defraud Nairobi County - Investigating Officer
File image of Former Nairobi County Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Kiamba in court

In Summary

  • Appearing before High Court Judge Hedwig Ongudi, the Investigating Officer said that after probing the former finance head’s accounts, he deduced that fraud was at play.
  • Mr. Kariuki testified that between August 2009 and February 2015, Mr. Kiamba’s legitimate source of income was analyzed in three colums, adding that in five years he had earned Ksh.8.5 million and took home Ksh. 5.8 million after deduction.
  • The investigator also revealed how a security guard was used to deposit over Ksh.66 million in Mr. Kiambaa’s account.

The court on Thursday heard how former Nairobi County Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Kiamba used his juniors to deposit huge amounts of money in his account.

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Investigating Officer James Kariuki, Mr. Kiamba used a driver attached to him as well as a security guard to make questionable deposits into his bank account.

Appearing before High Court Judge Hedwig Ongudi, the Investigating Officer said that after probing Mr. Kiamba’s  accounts, he deduced that fraud was at play.

Mr. Kariuki testified that between August 2009 and February 2015, Mr. Kiamba’s legitimate source of income was analyzed in three columns, adding that in five years he had earned Ksh.8.5 million and took home Ksh. 5.8 million after deduction.

The investigator also revealed how a security guard was used to deposit over Ksh.66 million in Mr. Kiamba’s account.

“We have established that Barnabas Oyiigo working in the security department in the court deposited a total of over Ksh.66 million for Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba,” the court heard.

The court was further told heard that the commission investigated CFC Stanbic Bank, Harambee Avenue, and discovered that a cash deposit of Ksh.3.7 million was made in February 2013.

In November 2013, Mr. Kiamba personally deposited Ksh.3 million and Ksh.2.7 million a day later, even as another amount of Ksh.2 million was deposited on his behalf by Paul Wambua on November 25 the same year.

In September, another employee of Nairobi City County deposited Ksh.990,000 and then Ksh.1.4 million the following day.

Stephen Ogaga, the then head of county Treasury and Mr. Kiambaa’s deputy, was also said to have been making the deposits. According to the witness, Mr. Ogaga made a transaction of Ksh.4.1 million to Mr. Kiamba’s account.

Nancy Waithera, the then head of budget at the county, deposited Ksh.1.5 million while Ambrose Mwania Musau, a clerical officer, made a deposit of Ksh.3.4 million. Joseph Mwaura Njoroge, Mr. Kiamba’s driver, made another deposit of Ksh.1.3 million.

According to the Investigating Officer, Mr. Kiamba’s salary was Ksh.831,840 and he had property in Athi River then valued at Ksh.600,000.

The court was also told that the besieged ex-Finance boss’ total assets were worth Ksh.1 million in 2007.

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