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Governor Obado surrenders EACC sleuths over Sh73 million probe

Okoth Obado.
Okoth Obado.
Also facing graft charges is his daughter Evelyne Adhiambo who owns the Loresho Ridge property estimated at Sh34 million.

Migori governor Okoth Obado has this morning surrendered to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers in Kisii.

The county chief is said to have stolen Sh73.4 million from county coffers between 2014 and 2017.

The monies were channeled to his four children through proxies and other relatives.

It is not clear if his children accompanied him to the EACC offices as journalists were barred from accessing the premises.

On Tuesday evening, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered for the arrest of Obado and 23 others over misappropriation of taxpayers’ money.

According to the DPP, investigations unearthed a conspiracy network that allowed the governor to steal funds through proxies and relatives.

“Okoth Obado indirectly and in conflict of interest, received a benefit totalling to Ksh. 73, 474, 376 from companies and businesses that traded with Migori County Government.” said DPP.

According to an audit trail by the anti-graft agency, the companies that were trading with the Migori county government wired Sh38.9 million to the accounts of Obado’s three children.

The three are; Achola Dan Okoth, Susan Scarlet Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth.

The money was used as their school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and United Kingdom.

Also facing graft charges is his daughter Evelyne Adhiambo who owns the Loresho Ridge property estimated at Sh34 million.

The property was rented out to Jared Kwaga — a close associate of Obado’s. Kwaga is also on the list of suspects and so is his wife and mother.

Obado is also a suspect in the murder of Sharon Otieno who was found in a thicket two years ago.

 

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