The four nominees shortlisted for appointment as new commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are now reportedly worth a combined Ksh213 million.
They are expected to appear before parliament on September 1, 2021, for approval after which they will be appointed to the IEBC by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Leading up to the vetting process, the four; Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge Wanderi, Irene Cherop Masit and Justus Abonyo Nyang’aya were required to avail a detailed breakdown of their net worth and assets.
According to Business Daily, Wanderi is the richest of the four with a net worth of Ksh100 million, followed by Nyang'aya at Ksh49.5 million then Masit and Cherera at Ksh47million and Ksh16.6 million respectively.
Wanderi, who hails from Nyeri County, amassed his wealth from major interests in agriculture, real estate, consultancy and share holding.
“On statement of net worth and sources of income, the nominee indicated sources of income including rental income of Sh150,000 per month, board sitting allowances of Sh75,000 per month, dividends of Sh105,000, and farming of Sh80,000 monthly,” a report by the Justice committee reads in part.
According to the report, Nyang'aya's Ksh49.5 million net worth comprises a Ksh19 million rural home and three acres of land in Homa Bay County. He also owns another acre of land in Kajiado valued at Ksh7 million.
Other properties he owns include 25 per cent of a residential property in Milimani, Nakuru, valued at Ksh100 million and a Ksh2 million Toyota Prado car.
Masit's Ksh47 million net worth comprises of her Ksh1.3 million annual salary for being a member of the CDF board. She also owns a Ksh20 million residential property, a Ksh20 million parcel of land in Kajiado County, Ksh7 million land in Eldoret and a Ksh2 million car.
She hails from Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Cherera a Mombasa County native attributed her wealth as follows: 11 acres of family land in Kwale valued at Ksh2.2 million, 1.5 acres of land in Kilifi valued at Ksh3 million, a Ksh3 million home in Mtwapa, a 1 acre land in Makinnon Market valued at Ksh500,000 and a two acre tea farm in Meru South.
She also owns 10,000 Safaricom shares valued at Ksh430,000, Mwalimu Sacco shares valued at Ksh328,000 and a Ksh2.4 million car.
As the country steps up the fight against corruption, Kenyans seeking public office are required to declare their wealth in a bid to help eradicate the vice.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission employ the reports in ensuring public servants are not involved in any shady dealings.
The wealth report subsequently revealed that individuals who have served in the government or consulted for government agencies were richer than those who previously served in the private sector.