Governor Obado, his 4 children arrested in Ksh 73M graft probe

first_imgMigori Governor Okoth Obado on Wednesday morning surrendered to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives in Kisii over the alleged embezzlement of over Ksh 73 million public funds.The Governor – also a murder suspect following the killing of university student Sharon Ochieng two years ago – is facing graft accusations over misappropriation of Ksh 73 million from county coffers.The funds are said to have been channeled to the bank accounts of his three children who were studying abroad. The money trail from the companies revealed that Ksh.38,949,376.90 was wired to accounts held by Governor Obado’s children, namely: Achola Dan Okoth, Susan Scarlet Okoth, and Jerry Zachary Okoth.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji on Tuesday approved the arrest and prosecution of Obado and his three children, dealing a staggering blow to the family.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAThe money, according to a statement by the DPP, was used to pay the children’s school fees, upkeep, maintenance, and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and United Kingdom while some was also traced to have bought two motor vehicles of make, Toyota Land Cruiser V8.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.SudanThe trail also disclosed that Ksh 34,525,000 was used to purchase a house in Loresho Ridge whose beneficial owner is Evelyne Adhiambo Zachary, the governor’s other daughter.It was further revealed that Obado indirectly and in conflict of interest, received a benefit totalling to Ksh 73, 474, 377 from companies and businesses that traded with Migori County Government.Investigations revealed that the directors of the companies were proxies of Obado including three of his brothers namely; Jared Peter Kwaga, Patroba Ochanda and Joram Opala; and their mother too Penina Auma Otago, Christine Akinyi spouse to Jared Peter Kwaga and his sister-in-law Carolyne Onyango.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThe companies were Misoft Ltd, Tarchdog Printers, Deltrack ICT Services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu Business, Victorious Investments, Dolphus Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.The DPP hence said he is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to arrest and charge the above-named persons with various criminal offences.Obado is likely to be barred from accessing office, a precedent that has already been set in other graft cases.last_img

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