Migori county governor Okoth Obado has surrendered to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives in Kisii. – By Gerald Gekara
This comes barely a day after DPP Noordin Haji called for his arrest over misappropriation of Sh73 million county funds.
In a dossier posted by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Governor Obado is wanted for investigations into abuse of office charges and corruption of public funds, where 16 companies owned by his family members were awarded tenders in various county contracts.
“The investigations were in respect of Kshs. 7347437690 being sums indirectly received by the Governor Migori County, through his children who received multiple payments from companies trading with the Migori County Government between the FY 2013/ 2014 and FY 2016/ 2017” read the statement.
The companies were; Misoft Company Limited, Tarchdog Printers, Deltrack ICT services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu business, Victorious investment, Dolphus Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.
Investigations further revealed that the Directors/proprietors of the companies/business entities were proxies of the Governor.
“3 of whom were brothers, namely; Jared Peter Kwaga, Patroba Ochanda and Joram Opala; and their mother Penina Auma Otago, and the spouse to Jared Peter Kwaga, Christine Akinyi and his sister-in-law Carolyne Onyango.” said DPP Haji.
The audit trail of the money revealed that the companies wired Kshs. 3894937690 to the Governor’s children’s accounts, namely: Achola Dan Okoth, Susan Scarlet Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth.
According to the documents, the money was used to pay their school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland, and United Kingdom.