Moses Lenolkul was a Samburu County Governor who November 2019 failed to convince the High court to suspend an order barring him from disposing of four parcels of land Karen, Nairobi and from accessing 14.6 million in his frozen accounts.
The four properties were attached after the anti-graft agency made a court application to have the assets surrendered to the State.
Mr Lenokulal was charged in May of 2019 with corruption and unlawful acquisition of public property, and the court froze the transfer of the multi-million shilling property and Sh14.6 billion in a KCB account.
The EACC’s lawyer, Diana Kenduiwa, said the agency has concluded its investigation of Mr Lenolkulal and Oryx Service Station, a company associated with the governor. Oryx was said to be the main supplier of fuel to the Samburu county government.
The investigation, said the EACC, indicate the Mr Lenolkulal’s properties were purchased using public funds.
High Court judge Charles Kariuki certified as urgent an EACC petition in which the anti-graft agency sought to extend the freeze order on the governor’s Karen properties and two bank accounts.
About Sh1.6 billion is suspected to have been embezzled between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2018.
It is alleged that the officials have been trading with their companies or in collusion with private companies.
The officials also reportedly engaged in a fraudulent scheme to embezzle funds through inflated or fictitious procurement of contracts.
Oryx Service Station, for instance, is said to have been supplying fuel to the county government between 2014 and 2019. It is alleged that Mr Lenolkulal and the company received in excess of Sh80.7 million for provision of petrol and diesel.
The EACC said Mr Lenolkulal purchased four properties in Karen on July 8, 2015.
The governor was charged together with nine chief officers. The nine are Stephen Siringa Letinina (County Secretary), Daniel Nakuo, Josephine Naamo Lenasalia, Mr Reuben Marumben, Milton Lenolngenje, Paul Lolmingani, Bernard Lesurmat, and Lilian Balanga.