Detectives Arrest County Speaker & 9 Senior Officials

  • Detectives attached to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Tuesday, December 1, arrested Migori County Speaker and nine other senior officials.

    A report by the Nation indicated that the speaker, Boaz Okoth, and the other co-accused were wanted in connection with a graft probe in the county.

    The speaker was arrested alongside his deputy Mathews Chacha and eight other senior officials.

    The arrests come more than two weeks after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) announced an arrest warrant for at least 15 suspects in the corruption cases at the assembly.

    Migori County Assembly speaker Boaz Okoth addressing the press in 2017.
    Migori County Assembly speaker Boaz Okoth addressing the press in 2017.
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    A letter dated November 5, which had been written by Victor Mule on behalf of Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, indicated that the suspects were being sought to face charges of conspiracy to commit an offense.

    “The suspects should be apprehended forthwith and arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit an offense of corruption,†read the letter in part.

    The suspects at the time included Okoth, his deputy, acting assembly clerk Emmanuel King’wara and suspended clerk Tom Onyango.

    Others were members of the Migori County Assembly Service Board Roland Asiga, Nicholas Rioba, Clifford Jobando and Mereza Akello as well as supply chain manager Steve Okello.

    In September, the county speaker had on numerous occasions claimed that his life was in danger and even failed to table an impeachment motion against the county’s Governor Okoth Obado.

    At around the same time, the speaker’s bodyguards had been withdrawn while his house in Kisumu was attacked by thugs.

    Obado, who is said to be allied to the speaker, was facing impeachment in connection with the loss of Ksh73 million in fraudulent means.

    The money was allegedly paid out to the governor’s relatives and business associates.

    Migori Governor Okoth Obado at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Lower Kabete in Kiambu During a Consultative Devolution meeting
    Migori Governor Okoth Obado at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Lower Kabete in Kiambu During a Consultative Devolution meeting
    Simon Kiragu
    kenyagist.com
  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM