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A junior accountant who was working the National Treasury is in trouble for amassing KSh 100 million in three years between 2004 and 2007 despite earning a basic salary of KSh 53,900.
According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Patrick Abachi who was working as an audit clerk at the time could not have accumulated such massive wealth with his salary.
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In a report by the Standard, the anti-graft body believes Abachi was part of the team that conspired to defraud government billions of shillings through the Anglo-Leasing scandal.
“Our investigations have revealed that he was directly involved in the transactions and payments relating to Anglo-Leasing scandal when he was working at the Treasury between 2003 and 2007. There is no way he could have acquired the assets within that period with his salary,” said EACC in a suit filed at the High Court.
The commission believes Abachi used the proceeds of crime to amass his wealth which is not proportionate to his known legitimate sources of income being his salary and allowances as a public officer.
Among other properties that EACC seeks to forfeit include six pieces of land in Ngong and Kitengela, two in Mavoko, two apartments in Parkview Estate, a townhouse at Mugoya Estate in Nairobi and a prime plot in Mombasa town.
Others are four high-end vehicles, cash at Barclays Bank, Co-operative Bank, Housing Finance and KSh 1.9 million hard cash recovered at his house.
The EACC estimates that the value of his wealth is more than KSh 100 million.
Abachi who is currently working as chief accountant in the Ministry of Agriculture was given a chance to explain the source of the KSh 1.9 million found in his house but could not give any explanation.
“The assets were acquired at a time we suspect Abachi was engaged in corrupt conduct at the ministry of Agriculture and received large sums of money. We gave him the opportunity to explain the disproportion between his assets and known sources of income but he could not,” said EACC investigator Enock Nguthu.
In his defense, Aabachi asked the court to dismiss the case saying it was founded on a misapprehension of the law and amounted to an abuse of the court processes given the allegations dates back to 15 years ago.
Justice Mombi Ngugi dismissed Abachi's plea saying the matter involved public money and it was within the court's determination on whether the state should forfeit the properties or not.
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