Thika traffic police officer surrenders Ksh.26 million to gov't
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has recovered Ksh.26.2 million from a police officer based in Thika, Kiambu County.
EACC detectives have been trailing officer Jamal bare Mohamed since 2016 in what the integrity body said was unexplained wealth.
Jamal Bare Mohamed is a police officer whose daily duty is to man traffic in Thika town.
Bare has been a millionaire but cannot explain the source of his millions not even in his traffic police work. The hunter has now become the hunted.
When EACC got to learn of the strange millions in Jamal's accounts, detectives opened an investigation file in October 2016.
On October 11th, 2016 EACC detectives carried out surveillance on Jamal before obtaining warrants to investigate his accounts.
Three days later, the investigators obtained a freeze order. Jamal’s accounts held at Equity Bank Thika were frozen. They held Ksh.26.2 million.
By this time, investigations had gained momentum and detectives were tying pieces of information to unearth Jamal’s racket. On 19th October 2016, the detectives raided his residence in Thika and retrieved documents that were believed to be transactional in nature.
Four years later, the police officer was still determined to safeguard his millions and have his accounts released. 18th November 2020, Jamal moved to court and sought to have a negotiated settlement on the matter out of court.
As the trail of the unexplained wealth continued in 2021, Jamal in July this year made a proposal to surrender the entire amount of Ksh.26.2m a request that was approved as final settlement.
In documents of consent presented to the court, the reply was in the affirmative, "The sum of shillings 26.2m held in equity bank account no.1550161806043 in the name of Jamal bare Mohamed be and is hereby forfeited to the government of Kenya."
The courts further ordered that the Ksh. 26.2 million held in Equity Bank in the name of Jamal Bare Mohamed be transferred to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission asset recovery account held at the KCB Bank, Milimani in full and final settlement of the suit.
The money will now be wired back to the National Treasury for re-allocation. The question remains will the re-allocation be safe from the hands of corruption cartels.
EACC says for the last five years 169 corruption-related cases have resulted in conviction and Ksh. 25 billion worth of public assets recovered. In addition, EACC chair Eliud Wabukhala says the commission prevented the loss of Ksh. 30.4 billion in the last 5 years.