Court freezes KETRACO manager’s account with Ksh57 million over graft allegations

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On Wed, 1 Dec, 2021 11:29 | 2 mins read
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A senior manager at Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has suffered a blow after the High court froze over ksh57 million belonging to him held in various SACCOs and Investment accounts.

Anti-Corruption High court Judge, Esther Maina froze the said monies which belong to Peter Maina Njehia for a period of six months to allow the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate allegations of graft.

“An order be and is hereby issued prohibiting the respondent (Njehia) his agents, servants or any other person from withdrawing, transferring, disposing, wasting and/or in any other way dealing with the funds held in the Sacco and investment accounts listed,” the Judge ruled.

Njehia, currently serving as a Senior Manager, Supply Chain at the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) is suspected to have amassed his wealth by illegally and irregularly engaging in the influence and award of tenders and procurement emanating from and connected with the Company the detriment of the public.

According to EACC Forensic Investigator Shadrack Mwenda , the Ketraco senior manager abused his office, received bribes, embezzled public funds and engaged in corrupt conduct.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the respondent (Njehia) has amassed a lot of wealth as a result of the corrupt conduct including over forty (40) landed properties in Nairobi, Nakuru and Nyandarua Counties,” states EACC in court documents.

The Anti-graft body further reveals that the senior official, has over eight high end motor vehicles, investments in SACCO'S, investment companies, private companies and business interests in the said counties.

According to the EACC, an analysis of Njehia’s bank and SACCO/investment accounts show that he has approximately total credits of over Ksh76 million and over Ksh64 Million in share deposits respectively.

“It is becoming evident that the Respondent (Njehia) has unexplained assets disproportionate to his known legitimate source of income and specifically his salary as a public officer,” argues EACC.