Puzzle of Treasury accountant who amassed Ksh100 million wealth in three years

The National Treasury. [Photo Courtesy]

With a monthly salary of Ksh53,900, a National Treasury employee who worked as a junior accountant managed to accumulate Ksh100 million wealth in three years.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is now after Patrick Abachi who is unable to explain the source of his vast wealth.

EACC in its findings after investigations said that there are indications Abachi was involved in the infamous Anglo-Leasing scheme where money laundry took centre stage.

“Our investigations have revealed that he was directly involved in the transactions and payments relating to Anglo-Leasing scandal when he was working at the Treasury between 2003 and 2007.

“There is no way he could have acquired the assets within that period with his salary,” stated the anti-graft agency according to the Standard.

Abachi owns prime pieces of land and properties in Nairobi, Machakos and Mombasa.

He owns six parcels of land in Ngong and Kitengela and two others in Machakos County. He has high-end houses in Parkview Estates and a beautiful Town House in Mugoya Estate.

He has four sleek vehicles and owns plots of land in prime areas within Mombasa.

When EACC detectives conducted an impromptu raid at his Town House in Mugoya Estate, they found Ksh1.9 million in cash stashed in the house.

“The unexplained assets owned by Abachi were obtained through corrupt conduct and he ought to be ordered to pay the government a sum equivalent to the values or properties forfeited to the state,” continued the statement.

Until EACC concluded its investigations, Mugoya had been seconded to the Ministry of Agriculture as the Chief Accountant.

The case is set for full hearing as Justice Mumbi Ngugi ruled that he has no grounds to seek orders to quash it because it touches on public interest.

Abachi objected to the suit claiming that it amounted to an abuse of court but Justice Mumbi Ngugi dismissed him stating that the matter touched on public interest.