Monday, December 5, 2022

Civil servant earning Sh. 150,000 who has Sh. 1.2 billion wealth

A civil servant who owns Sh. 1.2 billion wealth has caught the eye of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

The civil servant who was identified as Nicholas Owino Ochiel has accumulated the wealth despite being on a salary of Sh. 150,000 per month.

This huge disparity between his income and wealth has prompted the EACC to ask the court to have Owino surrender the wealth to the State.

The EACC is targeting properties including his residence in Karen valued at Sh. 80 million, a house in Thome estate worth Sh. 130 million, flats in Parklands valued at Sh. 100 million and an uncompleted commercial building in Kisumu worth Sh. 190 million.

Others owned by Owino are residential property in Lolwe Kisumu worth Sh. 53 million, a block of flats in Lolwe estate, Kisumu (Sh. 55.5 million), and a house in Mirema valued at Sh. 23 million and three vehicles.

The EACC says money that went through his M-Pesa amounts to Sh. 497 million, the properties are worth Sh. 694.6 million, and the cars are valued at Sh. 10.5 million.

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Reports say that Owino was first employed at the ministry as a valuer in 1996 and was the principal valuer from 2012 to 2016 before he was promoted to the current position.

Court documents presented by the EACC show that the Owino acquired the properties between January 2003 and November 2018 as he took abused his position by entering into deals with property development companies, organisations and individuals seeking services such as valuation, payment of government stamp duty, and title processing among others.

“The 1st Defendant/Respondent is reasonably suspected of corrupt conduct by using privileged official information at the Ministry for financial gain,” the EACC told the court.

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