Gov’t officer in trouble over ‘unexplained’ wealth worth Ksh.1 billion

Gov’t officer in trouble over ‘unexplained’ wealth worth Ksh.1 billion

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is seeking to seize assets worth nearly Ksh.1 billion linked to a manager of the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA).

Benson Muteti Masila, an Engineer and KeRRA Coast Regional Manager is accused of amassing wealth to the tune of Ksh.952,363,824.99 through receiving kickbacks from contractors awarded tenders in Kilifi, Mombasa and Makueni Counties among other unexplained sources.

According to the EACC, the properties including bank and M-Pesa deposits, apartments, motor vehicles and listed shares were acquired between February 2009 and December 2018.

“Cumulatively the above unexplained wealth comprises bank and M-Pesa deposits amounting to Ksh.567,626,872.55, landed properties valued at Ksh.347,040,000.00 motor vehicles valued at Ksh.5,350,000.00, listed shares valued at Ksh.2,240,000.00 and insurance policies with a maturity value of Ksh.30,106,952.44,” says the anti-graft agency.

Muteti is also accused of using his wife Zipporah Mwongeli Muteti and his associate companies; Mumbe Junior Academy Limited, Mumbe Boys High School, Mumbe Girls High School and Mumbe Hardware & Supplies Limited, as conduits to launder money.

EACC says its investigations established that Benson Muteti used his position to confer benefits upon himself through awarding tenders to Skai Kenya Limited, a company directly associated with him through his brother.

Some of the prime properties under EACC’s radar believed to be owned by Muteti and his associates include apartments in Nairobi’s Mathare North area, Dandora and Kariobangi South, Mumbe School located in Makindu as well as several parcels of land in Makueni.

On July 30, EACC obtained court orders forestalling any dealings in the said assets until the its application is heard and determined.