Margaret Wanja Muthui has lost 35 prime houses and Sh. 95 million in her bank accounts. This is after the High Court in Nairobi ruled that these assets are proceeds of crime.
Margaret Wanja Muthui is the former senior employee at the Kenya Rural Roads Authority who was accused of buying houses worth close to Sh. 500 million in cash.
Among the houses she has lost include 11 apartments in Kileleshwa that she purchased at Sh. 264 million. She purchased these houses between July and September 24, 2019. She has also lost a building with 12 units in Ruaka that she purchased in cash in 2019.
Margaret Wanja Muthui has additionally lost twelve houses in Ruaka that she acquired at Sh. 15 million each, a house in Nairobi, and land in Riruta, Dagoretti. She had bought the Nairobi house known as Collingham Gardens for Sh. 55 million in 2016. Her land in Riruta was acquired at Sh. 25 million through a proxy Ms. Esther Wagio Njung’e.
Ironically, one of the proxies she used to buy her multi-million properties was a mama mboga based in Githurai.
The court established that proxies who were used by Wanja included Njung’e, a director of Lighhouse Trading Company, Grace Nyambura Ndiritu, the green grocer, Mercy Wambui Nyambura, a post-graduate student and who was yet to be employed, and Cynthia Wanjiku Nyambura, who had just graduated from Moi University.
According to the ruling, the cash that Wanja has lost included Sh. 74.7 million that was kept in a fixed deposit account at Co-operative Bank and Sh. 13.9 million in the name of Wagio Njung’e at the same bank, and Sh. 6.7 million at the same bank’s fixed deposit in the name of Lighthouse Trading.