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Court freezes Senior Ministry of Lands official’s multi billion wealth

Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has obtained court orders freezing multi billion wealth of a senior Ministry of Lands official.

The wealth includes 106 prime parcels of land and commercial buildings in different counties, 17 high end vehicles and Ksh 4,260,000 which he had in cash at the time of the arrest.

“EACC has, today, secured orders from the High Court freezing multi-billion wealth including 106 prime land parcels and commercial buildings in different counties, 17 high end vehicles and Kes. 4,260,000 in cash belonging to Thika Land Registrar Felix Mecha Nyakundi.

The orders will be in force for six months pending finalization of ongoing investigations into suspected unexplained wealth, abuse of office and embezzlement of public funds, against the Thika Lands Official, who previously served in Baringo County.” said EACC

In the meantime, Judge Esther Maina has issued orders that the properties seized should not be sold or transferred until when the matter is heard and determined by the court.

“In her ruling, Lady Justice Esther Maina concurred with EACC that unless the preservation orders are granted, the properties may be transferred, sold, charged or otherwise wasted thereby jeopardizing the intended forfeiture to the Government.

Through its Advocate Pius Nyoike, EACC told that the High Court that Nyakundi has accumulated wealth that is not commensurate with his known legitimate sources.” said EACC

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