The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has implicated Migori governor Okoth Obado in a scandal. The 35 million corruption scandal has shocked many.
In the scandal, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission alleges that Obado squandered county funds. They claim that the governor purchased a prime property in Loresho, Nairobi, using a proxy. The house costs 35 million Kenyan shillings.
“EACC has obtained orders preserving a property in Loresho bought for Ksh35 million using funds embezzled from Migori County by Jared Kwaga, a suspected proxy of Governor Obado,” EACC revealed.
EACC added that Jared Kwaga and members of his family incorporated companies for the sole reason of fraudulently trading with Migori county.
Additionally, the commission went ahead to reveal that the person renting the Loresho property pays rent to governor Obado’s daughter, Evelyne Zachary.
EACC claims that they have reliable information. They believe that Governor Obado is the true beneficiary of the Loresho property.
The commission obtained preservation orders from the court. They did that to ensure that the owner of the property does not transfer ownership or dispose of it. If he does, it will defeat the course of justice.
EACC is still investigating the matter. Nevertheless, they are yet to commence civil proceedings against the governor.
This is the second high-profile case against Governor Obado. In 2018, police arrested him in connection with the murder of Sharon Otieno. Sharon was a student at Rongo University. At the time of her death, she was pregnant.
Police arrested Obado after scientists confirmed that his DNA matched with that of Sharon’s unborn baby.
In another case in 2019, County Public Accounts and Investment Committee demanded that Obado reproduces crucial documents. The documents in question were to prove the expenditure of county finances.
Governor Obado claimed that the documents were destroyed in a fire. However, he insisted that they did not spend the money unlawfully.