In Summary
  • The EACC believes that Mr Kwaga is also one of the proxies that Governor Obado used to siphon over Sh2 billion from county coffers.
  • Mr Kwaga’s wife Christine Akinyi Ochola, brothers Patroba Ochanda Otieno and Joram Opala Otieno and his mother Penina Auma are also part of the scheme.

Information Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has appointed Jared Peter Odoyo Kwaga — one of the key suspects in a Sh2 billion graft probe targeting Migori Governor Okoth Obado — to the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) board.

In a February 8 gazette notice, Mr Mucheru listed Mr Kwaga alongside former Bonchari MP Zebedeo John Opore, KBC chairman Edward Musebe, former NGO Coordination Board member Dee Kivuva Mutisya, former newscaster Beatrice Marshall and former National Quality Control Laboratory Board member Kagiri Kamatu.

The seven started a three-year term on Friday, and will serve until February 7, 2022.

The KIMC is a semi-autonomous government agency that trains students in electronic and telecommunication engineering, film production, radio and television production, print and broadcast journalism, electronic and studio technology.

PUSHA CENTRE

The new KIMC board members are among 200 individuals that received appointments in various state departments and agencies.

Mr Kwaga runs a Pasha Centre in Migori. Pasha Centres are part of a digital village project by the ICT Authority, which provide internet access to entrepreneurs seeking training and communication in rural areas.

The centres are privately owned and run, but get necessary assistance from the ICT Authority.

Mr Kwaga’s Pasha Centre is among nearly 40 others spread across the country and the only one in Migori.

But the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) believes that Mr Kwaga is also one of the proxies that Governor Obado used to siphon over Sh2 billion from county coffers.

FAKE CONTRACTS

When the anti-graft watchdog sought court assistance to trace and freeze assets believed to be part of Mr Obado’s fraud scheme, it listed Mr Kwaga as a first respondent.

Mr Kwaga owns seven companies that the EACC insists received money through dubious supply contracts before wiring the funds to Mr Obado in a complicated web of transactions.

The EACC adds that Mr Kwaga wired some of the graft proceeds to Mr Obado’s daughter Susan through a Sh1.9 million bank transfer in December 2014.

Mr Kwaga’s wife Christine Akinyi Ochola, brothers Patroba Ochanda Otieno and Joram Opala Otieno and his mother Penina Auma are also part of the scheme, as per the EACC’s court filings.

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