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Ministry official creates ‘ghost’ high school, adds it to national database, then pockets KSh11M channelled to run it

The EACC is investigating an alleged embezzlement of more than KSh11 million in public funds at the Ministry of Education.

According to the anti-corruption agency, a clerical officer at the ministry’s headquarters in Nairobi created a non-existent secondary school, and pocketed the money meant for running it.

The officer is said to have added the ‘ghost’ institution – a free day school listed in Kakamega County – in the ministry’s Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) database, and channeled funds to it.

A report by EACC says the officer opened a personal account at Equity Bank which was credited with KSh11,131,305.53 FDSE funds between August 22, 2017 and June 18, 2018.

“The officer’s dealings were uncovered when publishers contracted by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) could not trace the school on the ground while distributing the text books,” says the EACC.

The EACC says it has established that the officer, the recipient of the funds disbursed to the ‘ghost’ school, is an employee of the Ministry of Education. He was employed in 2010 and deployed to Khwisero sub-County- Kakamega County as a clerk.”

How officer used proceeds of crime

EACC claims the officer spent about KSh2.5 million of the proceeds to buy a vehicle.

“Upon request by EACC, the dealer repossessed the car from him enabling EACC to recover Sh1.9 million from the dealer after factoring in depreciation,” adds the EACC.

The officer, EACC says, bought two parcels of land valued at approximately KSh1.8 million, before withdrawing the remaining KSh7 million on diverse dates.

“Investigations into the corruption scheme are at an advanced stage,” says EACC, warning other officials with fraudulent schemes that their days are numbered.


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