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EACC seeks to seize Samburu Governor Lenolkulal’s Sh0.6b wealth

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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Embattled Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal woes deepened after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) started fresh investigations into unexplained wealth worth over Sh661 million.

In a notice filed in court, the anti-graft agency wants Lenolkulal to explain the source of money and property in Nairobi’s Karen estate, all amounting to over Sh600 million.

EACC, through lawyer Diana Kenduiwa, informed High Court Judge James Wakiaga that they want the governor to declare the source of thewealth failure to which he forfeits it.

The commission says there are two investigations being conducted against the governor, the other involving Sh80 million which he is said to have acquired by supplying fuel to the Samburu county government.

Kenduiwa informed the court that the commission had since traced Sh14 million allegedly acquired illegally by the governor.

The new development comes after Lenolkulal filed an application seeking to stop the anti-graft agency from conducting further investigations into his several parcels of land in Karen and two luxury cars.

“The Commission has not instituted any suit under the said provision contrary to Lenolkulal’s assertion and he has merely been called upon to explain the disproportion between his assets and his known legitimate sources of income pursuant to an investigation which has established that he is in possession of unexplained wealth valued at Sh661,253,906 million,” says EACC through Investigating officer Evans Ronoh.

The investigator added that in the event he fails to satisfy the requirement of the notice, EACC is mandated to institute forfeiture proceedings of the value of assets found to constitute unexplained wealth by way of an originating motion.

“The fact that the Applicant had recorded a statement in any other investigation is not a bar to the Commission requiring his attendance on any other occasion in any other unrelated matter,” added Ronoh. The case will be heard on June 9.

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