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Court declines to unfreeze assets in Ksh 643.2M forfeiture case

The High Court has declined to unfreeze assets in Ksh 643.2 million forfeiture case involving a junior staff of the Nairobi City Council.

“Justice (Prof) Nixon Sifuna yesterday dismissed an Application by Wilson Nahashon Kanani, an employee of Nairobi County Government, who wanted the High Court to discharge orders it granted EACC in September 2023 freezing his multimillion assets that he was unable to explain.

They include landed properties, high-end vehicles and Kes48 million held in various bank accounts.” said EACC.

Wilson who is a co-director of the popular 1824 joint transacted Ksh 643.2 million in five years alone and accumulated assets worth millions when his salary was Ksh 55,866 at the Council.

The unexplained wealth saw the Judge issue orders declining to unfreeze the assets until when the case is brought to its conclusion.

“Kanani is a co-director of a private company trading as 1824, a popular bar and nightclub along Langata Road, Nairobi. The freezing orders were issued pending the hearing and determination of a recovery case in which EACC wants Kanani’s unexplained assets forfeited to the State.

The case was filed after investigations established that Kanani, a Development Control Officer II at City Hall earning a net salary of Kes55,866, had in 5 years transacted Kes643.2 million and accumulated assets whose value was way beyond his known legitimate sources of income.

The corrupt dealings were transacted through bank accounts in his name, companies, spouse and minor children. In his ruling, Justice Sifuna ordered that the existing freezing orders remain in force until the logical conclusion of the EACC forfeiture case.” said EACC

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