Education ministry officer creates Ghost school and allocates Sh11 million to it
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating allegations of misappropriation and embezzlement of public funds totalling more than Sh11 million in the Education ministry.
A clerical officer at the ministry’s headquarters in Nairobi is accused of adding a non-existent secondary school to the ministry’s database and channelling funds to it.
The aforementioned school, a free day institution, was registered in Kakamega County and had been receiving funds for nearly a year.
The school is said to have 1,188 students.
Between August 22, 2017, and June 18, 2018, the officer is suspected of opening a personal bank account and depositing Sh11,131,305.53 in Free Day Secondary Education Funds (FDSE).
When publishers contracted by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) were unable to locate the school on the ground while distributing textbooks, the officer’s dealings were revealed.
The officer is an employee of the Education Ministry, having been hired in 2010 and deployed to Khwisero Sub-County, according to EACC.
The officer, who is now being investigated by EACC, was the recipient of funds intended for a non-existent secondary school.
According to reports, the suspect spent the proceeds on a vehicle worth Sh2.5 million. The dealer repossessed the car at EACC’s request, allowing EACC to recover Sh1.9 million from the dealer after depreciation.
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The officer also purchased two parcels of land for approximately Sh1.8 million, with the remaining Sh7 million withdrawn in cash on various dates.
The investigation is nearing completion, according to the anti-corruption agency.