Kenya: Court Freezes Sh537 Million Wealth of City Hall Procurement Official Earning Sh21,000

Nairobi — The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has obtained orders from the High Court to freeze Sh537 million unexplained wealth belonging to an employee of the Nairobi City County government.

Michael Auka Ajwang works as a junior Procurement Officer at the County Government.

Investigations show that Ajwang managed to accumulate this substantial wealth between January 2014 and June 2022, despite earning a mere net monthly salary of Ksh 21,000.

During the period under scrutiny, Ajwang’s known legitimate income amounted to Sh2.1 million only.

However, investigations conducted by the EACC revealed that he possesses nine rental properties, including a 3-star hotel situated on Kisumu-Bondo Road, as well as ten high-end motor vehicles, all of which have now been frozen.

The EACC argues that these assets are likely the proceeds of corruption and economic crime.

Some of the assets have been traced back to Ajwang’s wife and his associate companies.

The case started in August 2022 when EACC received a report that Ajwang’s accumulated wealth and living standards were not proportional to his known sources of income.

Upon preliminary investigations into the allegations, the Commission, reasonably, suspected Mr Ajwang of grand corruption and obtained temporary injunction orders from the High Court preserving the assets to allow investigations. The orders were issued by Justice Maina on 24th August 2022.