DPP orders arrest of Governor Obado, his 4 children over embezzlement of Ksh.73M

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Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Migori Governor Okoth Obado, his four children among others for allegedly stealing Ksh. 73 million public funds.

DPP Haji, in a press statement released on Tuesday, said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) commenced investigations following  reports on allegations of gross misappropriation of public funds by Governor Obado through designated proxies.

EACC has been investigating the Migori county boss for following reports that he stole public funds through companies registered by his relatives.

According to the DPP, the governor indirectly received Sh73.4 million from companies that traded with the devolved government during his first term in office.

Mr Haji said the four children separately received Sh34.5 million from Mr Obado’s companies and three brothers, who acted as proxies in some firms the county boss owned

The DPP said he discovered that the governor received a total sum of Ksh.73,474,376.90 indirectly through his children from companies trading with the Migori County Government between the financial years 2013/ 2014 and 2016/ 2017.

The money trail as 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.

The money, added 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.

The trail further 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 daughter.

These companies and business entities are: Misoft Company Limited, Tarchdog Printers, De1track ICT services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu business, Victorious investment, Dolphus Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.

According to the Haji, the proprietors of these companies were proxies of the governor, including 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.