Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji on Tuesday, August 25 ordered the arrest of Migori Governor Okoth Obado over misappropriation of county funds.
Following investigations by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC), Obado was found to have received Ksh. 73,474,360 million through his designated proxies and employees of the county government.
In a statement seen by a local tabloid, Haji stated that he appointed a special team of prosecutors due to the high profile individuals involved.
Obado through his children received multiple payments from companies trading with Migori County Government between the 2013-2014 and 2016-2017 financial year.
The companies involved in the scandal include Misoft Company Limited, Tarchdog Printers, Deltrack ICT services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu business, Victorious Investment, Dolphins Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.
DPP Haji also ordered the arrest of 23 others with Obado’s sons Dan Okoth and Jerry Okoth, daughters Susan Okoth and Adhiambo Okoth were also named in the scandal.
Over Ksh. 38 million was wired to the Governor’s children in the name of Dan, Susan and Jerry which was used to pay their school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and the United Kingdom.
Governor Obado’s children also used some of the monies to purchase two high end Toyota Land Cruiser V8s.
The audit also revealed that over Ksh. 34 million was used to purchase a house in Loresho Ridge under the name of Evelyne Adhiambo, the Governor’s daughter.
Beneficiaries of the multi-million scandal also include brothers Jared Kwaga, Patroba Ochanda, Joram Opala and their mother Penina Otango.
Sophie Wanjiru Mbugua is a Kenyan entertainment writer with a keen interest in the modern e-showbiz.