In Summary
  • Mr Obado allegedly abused his position to steal public funds through companies registered by his relatives.
  • The newly registered companies had transacted deals close to Sh2 billion from the county.

  • Mr Obado is already in court over the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

Migori County Governor Okoth Obado used proxies among them his relatives to siphon Sh2 billion from the coffers of the county government, according to an affidavit filed in court by the anti-corruption watchdog.

Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) has been investigating how Mr Obado allegedly abused his position to steal public funds through companies registered by his relatives.

In a period of three years, these newly registered companies had transacted Sh1, 971,179,180 deals exclusively from the county government, which was glaringly disproportionate to their known legitimate sources of income.

SEVERAL COMPANIES

“The commission received credible information that a few persons well known to be proxies of the governor, registered several companies for the purpose of fraudulent acquisition of public funds through fictitious contracts,” the EACC says.

The latest dossier by the commission is likely to further dent the political career of Mr Obado, who is already in court over the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

The commission wants the governor and his cronies charged with the abuse of office and also recover the monies looted and stashed in foreign accounts.

FICTITIOUS CONTRACTS

“The commission through its investigations established that the defendants working with county officials holding positions of influence, connived a fraudulent scheme to embezzle public funds through fictitious procurement contracts.”

According to the commission, seven members of the governor’s family registered 16 companies and secured multimillion tenders from the county government.

The individuals are listed as Mr Jared Oluoch Kwaga, Ms Christine Ochola, Ms Carolyne Ochola, Mr Joram Otieno, Patroba Otieno, Ms Penina Otago and Mr Robert Okeyo.

ACQUIRE PROPERTIES

Curiously, the companies were registered between 2014- 2016 after the establishment of the devolved governments in 2013.

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