How ministry of lands employee on EACC radar ended up a billionaire

 How ministry of lands employee on EACC radar ended up a billionaire

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption commission (EACC) has filed a suit seeking to recover Assets valued at 1.2billions from an assistant director at the ministry of Lands.

Identified as Nicholas Owino Ochiel, the assistant director is reported to have accumulated a lot of wealth that does not match his level of legitimate sources of income for the period he served as a public officer between January 2003 and November 2018, which is the period of interest.

According to a report that the investigative agency received, Mr. Ochiel got employed at the ministry of Lands and Settlement in 1996 as a valuer. Also, between 2012 and 2016, Mr. Ochiel is also reported to have worked as the principal valuer at the same ministry. Mr. Ochiel is currently the Senior Assistant Director Valuation at the same ministry since 2016.

The report further states that during the period of interest, Mr. Ochiel used his position at the Ministry of lands for his own personal gain.  

Mr. Ochiel got employed at the ministry of Lands and Settlement in 1996 as a valuer. Also, between 2012 and 2016, Mr. Ochiel is also reported to have worked as the principal valuer at the same ministry. Mr. Ochiel is currently the Senior Assistant Director Valuation at the same ministry since 2016.

First, Mr. Ochiel took a great advantage of his position and entered into contracts with private bodies to provide services that he should have been doing at the ministry

Secondly, Mr. Ochiel is suspected to have used official information at the ministry for his own personal gain through working with companies that are associated with him namely; Ternic Valuers and Ternic Enterprises Limited. His conduct compromised his official duties to favor his own personal interests.

According to the EACC report, Mr. Ochiel used his close associates to conceal funds that he acquired in his corrupt deals. Some of the associates include his spouse and brother.

 Following the investigations, the EACC has started a civil recovery case for Mr. Ochiel’s assets that are valued at Kshs 1,206,851,274.11 against his legitimate income from his salary and allowances that amounts to Kshs. 6,367,644.00. 

EACC has started a civil recovery case for Mr. Ochiel’s assets that are valued at Kshs 1,206,851,274.11 against his legitimate income from his salary and allowances that amounts to Kshs. 6,367,644.00

The assets in question include, motor vehicles, landed properties and money transacted through his bank accounts.

Motor vehicles are valued at Kshs. 10,500,000

Landed Properties at Kshs 694,670,000

Money transacted trough bank and Mpesa -Kshs 497,393,274.11

Other properties include:

  • Karen Residence valued at Kshs 80,000,000
  • Ternic Court Apartment, Thome Estate that is Valued at Kshs 130,000,000
  • Undeveloped Plot off Parklands Road that is valued at Kshs 100,000,000
  • Kisumu Busia Road, Ugunja Commmercial Building valued at Kshs. 190,000,000
  • Kisumu Municipality Block 14. 510 and 511 Lolwe Estate valued at Kshs 53,000,000
  • Kisumu Municipality Block 14/ 15 and 16 Lolwe Estate valued at Kshs 55,500,000 aamong other properties.

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