" It is early at this stage of investigations to summon the speaker. However, if in the course of our investigations it becomes necessary to summon him, we will ask him to avail himself,” he said.

The official said that the EACC received a petition from Siaya-based civil society groups. The groups claimed that the ward reps, who did not go to Uganda, allegedly pocketed Sh200,000 each.  

Two weeks ago, a team of 12 detectives camped at the Siaya County Assembly to investigate among other issues, an alleged irregular recruitment of over 50 interns.

All the interns have been questioned in connection to the alleged hiring scandal. 

In a petition by a Siaya-based civil society groups, the ward reps are alleged to have crossed over to Uganda and came back almost immediately before the end of the trip that should have taken two weeks.   

50 INTERNS

The EACC found out that the 50 interns hired by the assembly were allegedly put on the payroll like the regular staff.

The anti-graft agency seeks to find out how the county assembly service board, which is mandated by law to handle recruitment issues, could have allowed the alleged irregular recruitment of the interns to proceed.

And in a separate letter dated 17th of July this year from the EACC, addressed to the assembly clerk, the agency requested various officers from the Siaya County Assembly to record statements over the controversial hiring of interns. Mr Okode was not available for comment. 

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