Samburu Governor Lenolkulal in trouble over suspected Ksh. 2B fraud


Samburu Governor Lenolkulal in trouble over suspected Ksh. 2B fraud
Samburu Governor Lenolkulal during a past address. PHOTO | FILE

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) could prosecute Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal and other county top officials over suspected fraud involving Ksh.2 billion.

Documents from EACC and the courts show freeze orders on assets owned by the governor that could provide grounds for prosecution of lenolkulal.

The Governor has been under intensified investigation since his arrest on February 20, that followed a raid on his homes.

He is likely to face charges of misappropriation of funds that EACC has been investigating through his five bank accounts at KCB which are said to contain a total of Ksh.14 million.

EACC riding on the strength of a court order that allowed them to access the five accounts at KCB belonging to the governor is keen on the transactions processed through the accounts since January 2013 until this month.

The anti-corruption commission also got court orders freezing properties belonging to the governor among them four pieces of land in Karen, Nairobi.

They are part of six parcels that are said to have been acquired by the governor at a price of Ksh.15 million each, totaling to Ksh.90 million.

Sources at EACC indicate that the properties were paid for in cash at a go.

The governor has since been blocked from transacting on the four properties to allow EACC complete investigations before instituting recovery proceedings should it be found that in deed they were acquired with proceeds of corruption. The freezing orders will last for six months.

Governor Lenolkulal is under investigation alongside top officials of his government believed to have swindled the county of resources with close aides recording unexplained growth in possessions. EACC is said to be finalising on a report to the Director of Public prosecutions, with a recommendation to charge highly likely.

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