- Janto Construction was in March awarded a tender to repair the Nyabisawa-Jumbo Road for Sh16.8 million.
- The county then paid Sh16.8 million into Janto’s KCB account, which had been frozen on November 30, 2017.
- The EACC has been investigating procurement at Migori County since last September.
Migori County awarded a firm its governor, Mr Okoth Obado, is believed to have used to siphon over Sh2.5 billion a road repair contract four months after the anti-graft watchdog froze its accounts, and informed the devolved unit of ongoing investigations.
Janto Construction was in March awarded a tender to repair the Nyabisawa-Jumbo Road for Sh16.8 million, which the firm completed in July after county officials expressed satisfaction with the works done.
The county then paid Sh16.8 million into Janto’s KCB account, which had been frozen on November 30, 2017 following Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) investigations into its alleged irregular procurement practices that could have cost taxpayers over Sh2.5 billion.
The EACC has narrowed down to 23 companies it believes Mr Obado used to win several tenders between 2013 and last year, tracing Sh2.3 billion to the suspected conduits.
Detectives have unearthed 32 companies, 77 pieces of land and other assets. In June, Anti-Corruption Court Judge Hedwig Ong’udi extended the freeze order for four months, meaning it lapses on October 21.
Justice Ong’udi ordered EACC to increase the number of detectives probing the procurement allegations and complete investigations within the four-month window.
Documents show that Janto received at least Sh141 million through tenders be-tween June 13, 2014 and June 19, 2017.
Mr Obado, who is separately facing murder charges for the alleged killing of 26-year-old Rongo University student Sharon Otieno, is believed to have used the stolen cash to maintain a flashy lifestyle for himself and his family.
Detectives say that through the procurement scam, Mr Obado was able to build a home worth Sh100 million in Uriri in Migori County and send at least Sh13 million to his children.
The EACC has been investigating procurement at Migori County since last September.
On September 24, just a day before Migori County secretary Christopher Rusana was to furnish the EACC with tender documents to assist with investigations, the building used as a document storage facility burnt down.
EACC now insists that the fire was an arson attack aimed at destroying evidence that would completed the Sh2.5 billion puzzle.