In Summary
  • The homes of former LBDA Managing Director Peter Abok in Muhoroni and Bobasi MP Innocent Obiri, who served in the procurement department, were also raided.
  • Mr Oloo said he would cooperate with investigating agencies to reveal the truth over the project in question, which cost taxpayers millions of shillings.

Detectives from the anti-corruption agency on Tuesday raided the homes of former officials of the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) in connection with ongoing investigations into financial improprieties in the construction of the Sh4.2 billion LBDA mall in Kisumu.

Those under investigation were also questioned by the detectives in Kisumu and Nairobi.

In Kisumu, the detectives raided the homes of county assembly Speaker Onyango Oloo in Milimani and Mamboleo.

His home in Nairobi was also searched at 6am before he was questioned at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Kisumu regional offices.

Mr Oloo served as the LBDA chairman before his election as Speaker.

The homes of former LBDA Managing Director Peter Abok in Muhoroni and Bobasi MP Innocent Obiri, who served in the procurement department, were also raided.

EVIDENCE

The detectives spent several hours at Mr Obiri’s home in Nyamebondo village in Kisii County, as they waited for him to travel from Nairobi.

“His house was locked and it would have been unlawful for us to force our way in. We ordered him to come and open it so that we can carry out our investigations,” said a detective.

The detectives also searched the Nairobi homes of different owners of the Erdemann construction company, which built the mall, and the LBDA offices in Kisumu.

The homes of several other former procurement officials were also searched.

The detectives questioned most of the officials in relation to the construction of the complex.

EACC spokesperson Yasin Amaro told the Nation that the commission was seeking files and documents relating to the investigation.

He revealed that the raids were conducted simultaneously in the morning but would not disclose the names of those affected.

NO MALICE

Mr Oloo, who was released after being questioned for more than four hours, said the detectives carted away several documents.

He said he was confident that he will be vindicated. “I hope that the ongoing investigations are not being done to settle any scores. Let it be devoid of malice and ill will,” he said shortly after being released.

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