A Mandera County staffer has been on the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) for six years now.
Abdi Mohamed Ali, director of Livestock Production, has in his bank accounts Sh61 million, of which Sh10 million he said is his salary.
Appearing before Justice John Onyiego, Ali explained that the money came from the sale of animals and honey.
To this Justice Onyiego said, ““It is not enough to say such and such account and the deposits were out of the sale of camels, the source of which is not known or supported.
“Anybody can imagine a figure and even business. The respondent’s (Ali) explanation given is quite casual and cosmetic, with no tangible evidence or proof of the existence of any business being undertaken by the first respondent.”
He did however allow the county employee to withdraw Sh3 million for his family’s upkeep.
The state agency wants Ali compelled to surrender the money to the government on grounds that it could be proceeds of crime.
He is said to have deposited the money into two accounts from different locations including: Garissa, Mandera, Moyale, Eastleigh and Westlands.
The accounts have since been frozen.
“The said bank accounts received suspicious cash deposits in Kenya shillings and the funds are suspected to be stolen and/or fraudulently acquired from Mandera County by the respondents, their agents or representatives, and deceitfully deposited in the said accounts,” ARA told the court.
Since February 2014, Ali has apparently made at least 44 deposits all of which were below Sh1 million.
The lowest deposit was of Sh134,000, while the highest was Sh2.1 million.
Court papers showed that Ali was yet to withdraw money from an account he holds at Equity Bank.