Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Nordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Migori Governor Okoth Obado over alleged embezzlement of Ksh 73.4M county funds.
According to the DPP, the governor indirectly received Ksh 73.4 million from companies that traded with Migori County Government during his first term in office.
In a statement, DPP noted that: “Public monies were lost through the connivance of the governor and business entities through payments allegedly made for performance of contracts.”
An audit trail of the money led to persons closely related to Zachary Okoth Obado who were his proxies.
The statement further stated that Obado indirectly and in conflict of interest, received a benefit totalling to Ksh 73, 474, 376.90 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.
The 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 audit trail of the money revealed that the companies wired Ksh 38,949,376.90 to accounts of governor Obado´s children namely; Achola Dan Okoth, Susan Scarlet Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth.
The money was used to pay school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and United Kingdom some monies were also traced to have bought two Land Cruisers V8.
Ksh 34,525,000 was used to purchase a house in Loresho Ridge whose beneficial owner is Obado´s daughterEverlyne Adhiambo Zachary.