Saturday, September 23, 2023

Nahashon Kanani: Man with 643mn wealth but earning Sh. 55,000 salary

Wilson Nashon Kanani is the multi-millionaire City Hall employee with over Sh. 643 million wealth and a salary of Sh. 55,000.

Kanani is the proprietor behind the 1824 Whiskey Bar in Lang’ata. He co-owns the bar with two of his friends, who each own 1000 shares in 1824 Bar that was incorporated on August 25, 2014.

Kanani’s assets range from lands, homes, rental estates, luxury automobiles and huge bank balances. It is reported that his underage children have a combined total of Sh. 3.56 million in their bank account.

His job at City Hall is to ensure that advertising companies ensure that their billboards do not violate national and county laws.

A closer look at his lifestyle and it doesn’t take a detective to notice how rich the man is, driving classy vehicles around town that his bosses at City Hall could only dream of. People who receive the same pay as he does, ride in matatus to and from work.

On December 14th, 2022, the High Court of Kenya under the orders of Justice Esther Maina froze 11 bank accounts that he and his family owned after an application by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. They also took away his two sleek Mercedes Benz vehicles registered under his name

Other than 1824, Mr. Kanani also owns a house in Phenom Estate in Lang’ata, a residential house and rental in Busia, an apartment in Langa’ta’s NHC estate and an apartment in Kahawa.

EACC suspects that Wilson Nashon Kanani has acquired his fortunes fraudulently through Kickbacks and bribes.

A report shows that Kanani has transacted money over Sh. 506 million between January 2016 and October 2022 using bank accounts under his name and those of his family members.

From 1824 Bar, one of Nairobi’s most popular nightclubs, Mr.Kanani and his associates take home Sh. 5.6 million monthly.

It is suspected that Kanani has procured a well-crafted money laundering scheme through his four companies; Wilman Auto Invests, Willy Walla International Lts, Regineez Enterprises Ltd and Wilcoreg Ltd.

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Wilcoreg Ltd. is contracted as one of the firms that supply stationary equipment to the National Assembly. Furthermore, the company is also in Siaya County’s pool of firms contracted to drill boreholes, build dams, water pans, roads and bridges.

Kanani’s other firm, Willy Walla received Sh. 278 million in the period under investigation (2016 and 2022), and at the same time his personal I&M Bank Account received Sh. 181 million.

Mr. Kanani has also received Sh. 23.8 million from Media Max Network Ltd. and another advertising firm, Parrot Concepts Ltd. paid him Sh. 50 million for ‘services’. Hence EACC detectives’ reason to believe that he has been laundering money received on bribes and kickbacks.

The detectives told the court that after receiving bribes, Mr. Kanani would move the money through several bank accounts before making large cash transactions.

Court papers indicate that Mr. Kanani had not declared any other source of income other than his salary at City Hall.

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