Civil servant found with Kshs 500 million in 4 banks

A senior official at a public roads agency risks losing half a billion shillings stashed in 22 bank accounts, 27 properties, shares in multiple companies and schools linked to kickbacks from contractors to the State.

The anti-graft agency has applied for the seizure and forfeiture of the assets by Benson Muteti Musila, a regional manager at the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA), saying they are part of unexplained wealth worth Sh952.3 million.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) was initially targeting more than Sh1.03 billion but Mr Musila satisfactorily explained properties with a cumulative value of Sh78.7 million.

The EACC says the bank accounts and the real estate property in Nairobi, Makueni and Kilifi counties could not have been built by his monthly salary of Sh390,000, arguing that he was a beneficiary of kickbacks from road contractors.

“The commission pursuant to Section 55(2) of ACECA has instituted a suit seeking forfeiture of the above stated assets of Sh952,363,824.99 which were acquired at a time the Respondents were reasonably suspected of corruption or economic crimes,” the petition stated.

Mr Muteti was accused of getting kickbacks from contractors and also awarded State tenders to a company associated with his brother. The vast properties are managed by his spouse, Zipporah Mwongeli.

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The public servant amassed the wealth between February 2009 and December 2018 where his pay, according to court documents, would have totalled to Sh136 million for the 119 months.

Anti-Corruption Court judge Mumbi Ngugi in October last year dismissed Mr Musila’s petition to freeze a probe of the properties and allowed the EACC to investigate the source of his wealth.

Justice Ngugi said it was in the public interest that the investigative bodies are allowed to carry out their mandates without interference, adding that there must be very clear and cogent reasons for the court to interfere with the exercise of their powers.

She added that Mr Musila failed to demonstrate a violation of his rights by the EACC’s detectives, triggering investigation on Mr Musila who is in-charge of Kerra’s operations in Kilifi and Mombasa.

The EACC said multiple deposits had been made into Mr Musila’s 21 KCB bank accounts and an account each at Cooperative Bank, NBK and Absa Bank.

The accounts held Sh567.63 million in a country where a about 97.59 percent or 69.88 million accounts hold less than Sh100,000, offering a sneak peek into Kenya’s growing income inequality where wealth is concentrated in the hands of a small segment of the population. The anti-graft agency suspects the deposits were from contractors either seeking favours or paying back for jobs already awarded.

Mr Musila, however, maintained that the banks held cash meant to pay staff and finance general office administration.

He said that being the regional manager, his salary coupled with supervisory allowances of not less than Sh750,000 a month meant that he would take home about Sh1.14 million, much of which he invested in business.

The EACC dismissed Mr Musila’s claims of earning Sh750,000 in monthly allowances, arguing the pay did not reflect in his returns filed with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

The anti-graft body says after receiving payments from KeRRA, Skai (Kenya) Ltd, associated with Mr Musila’s brother, would electronically transfer the money to Mumbe Junior Academy’s accounts, Mumbe Girls and Mumbe Hardware, all of which are run by the couple.

“The commission has completed investigations and established that in the period of interest the 1st respondent (Mr Musila) exploited his official position of trust in the public service during his employ at KeRRA for private gain by involving himself in transactions that were in conflict with public interest,” the EACC said.

The properties targeted from Mr Musila and his wife include seven apartments, eight commercial and residential plots, two schools – Mumbe Junior Academy and Mumbe Girls High School – as well as shares worth Sh2.24 million, four vehicles and a hardware worth Sh41 million.

The apartments are scattered in Nairobi’s Kariobangi, Dandora, Mathare North and Imara Daima together with parcels of land – both agricultural and empty plots --including in high-end Karen earmarked for development. The apartments and land are worth Sh241.6 million.

Mr Musila previously worked for Ministry of Public Works after graduating from the University of Nairobi in 1993. He had also worked as the roads engineer Bungoma, and a district works officer and regional manager Makueni.

According to filings in court, the couple also runs a hardware store in Makindu, Makueni and Ruaraka in Nairobi, while their son runs a construction firm known as Mumbe Construction.

Mumbe Construction is also at the heart of investigations by the EACC, which claims the firm unduly benefited from contracts in Kilifi and Mombasa counties, an assertion Mr Musila denied.

What we do know is that black rock is buying up China.

Or is it China buying up black rock? Socialism is the new norm.

Dumb greedy new money, ukiiba why not stash the cash abroad, then have the offshore company wire it to you monthly ukikula mdogo mdogo and you can even remit taxes as overseas income alafu the rest unawachia wajukuu

Gichuru wa Kenya power tried that route and his offshore accounts were frozen and cash seized.

Nothing will happen , we all so traffic policemen being grilled on how they transacted 20million in mpesa and how they had millions in their accounts which they all attributed to chicken business non is behind bars, that chap will now run for political office under UDA and claim hustlers are being targeted and the brainless masses will light tyres and block roads for him !

Gichuru alikuwa anawithdraw irregular sums of money while making attention grabbing purchases, kra na asset recovery can’t investigate the nature of offshore companies if they don’t suspect you, they can only freeze your Kenyan bank accounts

That is one messed up thief…ata hajajaribu kuficha

How will you wire that money abroad boss without catching thr eye of kra? Abacha wired such money abroad and right now it’s benefitting the west since haijawahi rudishwa Nigeria.

umesoma the foreign contractors ndio wanamtumia hiyo pesa, instead of depositing that cash in Kenya, they should deposit it in his foreign accounts, alafu if he’s making purchases za land na apartments, he should at least take a loan na alipie hiyo loan na hiyo overseas income, sometimes tamaa inablind these new thieves such that huwezi keti chini ufikirie vizuri

Contractors hulisha hawa watu na hongo za tens of millions

no wonder thievery will never end in Kenya with young people like you being so evasive and lucrative

Mkamba akipata pesa watu hawawezi lala.

I can’t loot more than 100 million cash money ,and half that I will drink with ghaseers ,in short you will have to audit my stomach to get back the corruption proceedings.

Pesa si ni yake, si iko kwa account yake, sasa shida ni gani?

Ati pesa ni yake…kiaje…390k salo imemletea birrions hoooow nooow

It isn’t that easy. Stashing cash overseas is extremely risky.

You are stupid because if you waste the money you will still get caught and have nothing to defend yourself with. You will be the first one to go to jail.

Wewe tengeneza pesa yako, pesa ya mtu wachana nayo. Mtu akisave pesa na apate donors, tips and huge bonuses. Wewe peasant najua sai labda utafute pesa unachat Ktalk. Jinga saana

[SIZE=5]There are professional money launderers who handle such tasks with ease.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=5]But their services don’t come cheap![/SIZE]

Easier said than done,the foreign contractors ni a mtu wa mkono in the scheme of things analetewa pesa na gunia in kenya shillings([SIZE=2]usually proceeds from a very complex money laundering scheme sanctioned by ccp)[/SIZE] they don’t deal in dollars .Uchukue ama ukatae boss wako alishachukua zake.Sa kusafisha from there ndio inakua kizungumkuti.