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Court freezes accounts of City Hall worker of Sh. 21k salary found with Sh. 537mn wealth

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The High Court has frozen assets valued at Sh. 537 million belonging to Michael Auka Ajwang, a City Hall official, on the ground that they were acquired in a corrupt manner.

Justice Maina made the ruling after the City Hall junior procurement officer who takes home Sh. 21,000 per month failed to justify his source of wealth to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The said assets include ten motor vehicles, nine prime parcels of land in Siaya and Kisumu Counties, and a three-star hotel in Kisumu County.

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The court also barred Ajwang from transferring and disposing of the said assets. It further strained him and his company Hydeout Riviera from demanding Sh. 799,000 seized from their accounts by EACC when they raided his house in 2022.

“Pending the hearing and determination of this suit, a temporary injunction is issued restraining the Defendant, their servants, agents or any other person from demanding Sh. 99,000 seized pursuant to a search conducted by the Plaintiff/Applicant in Miscellaneous Criminal Application Number E1773 of 2022,” Maina ruled.

According to anti-corruption detectives, Ajwang had previously obtained Sh. 40.8 million in bribes from various companies that had won tenders from the Nairobi county government.

The orders will remain in force until the case is fully heard and determined.

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