Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Migori Governor Okoth Obado, his four children among others over the embezzlement of over 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 intelligence reports on allegations of gross misappropriation of public funds by Governor Obado through designated proxies.
The DPP said that, upon perusal of the file from EACC, 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.
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.
The DPP hence said he is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to arrest and charge the above named persons with various criminal offences.