Tana River County official was on Tuesday, March 1, arrested with KSh 2.7 million unexplained cash money.
Mariam Abdalla Bunu, Chief Officer for Finance was arrested at Malindi International Airport en route to Nairobi for official duty.
“EACC, on Tuesday, in collaboration with Malindi International Airport Police intercepted and arrested MARIAM ABDALLA BUNU, Ag Chief Officer for Finance in Tana River County Government, who was travelling to Nairobi with unexplained and undeclared KSh 2.7 million in cash,” detectives said.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in a statement said the money which the county official could not explain could be proceeds of corruption.
“EACC suspects that the amount, which the Chief Officer was unable to explain at the Airport and did not declare as required, was corruptly obtained from the Tana River County Government. She was escorted to EACC Malindi Offices where she recorded a statement,” EACC said.
Bunu was later released on a cash bail of KSh 100,000 pending the finalization of investigations.
A spot check by Kivumbi.co.ke has since established that Bunu is one of the candidates shortlisted for the position of Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS).
It is worth noting that Bunu is not the first traveller who has been nabbed with tens to hundreds of millions of shillings either stashed in bags or parcels at Kenya’s main airport in Nairobi.
Last year, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) customs officials arrested a Kenyan travelling from Burundi with KSh 238 million in foreign currency at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Paul Kemboi, was in February 2022 intercepted at JKIA with a parcel containing $2 million.
He was detained briefly and the cash seized on suspicion of being part of a money-laundering scheme after failing to declare the cash as required by law.