Judge blocks governor from accessing 5 bank accounts

Judge slaps governor with new ruling

Judge blocks governor from accessing 5 bank accounts

Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine has been barred from five bank accounts amid investigations to recover Ksh1.6 billion suspected to have been stolen from his county.

The directive was given by High Court judge Justice John Onyiego who barred Kasaine from operating or withdrawing money from five accounts registered in the names of his company.

EACC claimed that the governor was likely to withdraw from the accounts and hide the over Ksh80 million he acquired from the county government before investigations into the scandal are complete.

Phantom project

Through their lawyer Diana Kenduiwa, EACC argued that after Kasaine was elected he registered a company Oryx Service Station, as a conduit to siphon funds from the county government.

Kasaine's company was awarded an exclusive contract for the supply of fuel to the county government in a clear case of conflict of interest where an elected leader is using money meant for the public to pay himself.

Between 2013 and 2018, Kasaine received in excess of Sh80,763,715 in his personal account from the county coffers by purporting that his company had supplied diesel and petrol for use by the county vehicles, according to the EACC.

Using personal accounts

Kenduiwa stated: “We believe Kassaine accumulated substantial property and illicit wealth which must be forfeited and surrendered to the state."

The EACC lawyer added: "Analysis of his bank accounts revealed that his company would be paid the huge amounts before he transfers the money to his personal accounts."

This comes barely two weeks after Kasaine was barred from selling or transferring four properties in Nairobi suspected to have been acquired using stolen funds.

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