EACC freezes Governor Obado’s bank accounts


Migori Governor Okoth Obado. Photo/FILE
Migori Governor Okoth Obado. Photo/FILE

In Summary

  • EACC said it also froze bank accounts belonging governor Obado’s brothers.
  • The anti-graft body says the said web has seen county funds transferred to his children’s accounts in Australia, Hong Kong and China.
  • EACC is now considering seeking mutual legal assistance from the three countries to recover the cash from 100 bank accounts.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has frozen Migori governor Okoth Obado’s bank accounts over what they are terming as an intricate web of looting of Ksh 2.5 billion.

In a statement, the anti-graft body said it also froze bank accounts belonging governor Obado’s brothers; Jared Peter Odoyo Oluoch Kwaga, Ernest Omondi Owino and Joram Opala Otieno.

According to EACC, the said web has seen county funds transferred to his children’s accounts in Australia, Hong Kong and China.

Allegations are that part of the cash paid to Kwaga was wired to the accounts of Scarlet Susan Okoth and Acholla Okoth.

“It is confirmed that Scarlet Susan is daughter of Zachariah Okoth Obado, the Migori county governor,” EACC stated.

EACC has indicated that it is now considering seeking mutual legal assistance from the three countries to recover the cash from 100 bank accounts.

In the applications seeking to extend the freeze, the anti-corruption agency says the legal assistance is provided for under chapter 75a of the Laws of Kenya.

Other suspects under EACC radar are Patroba Ochanda Otieno, Beatrice Akinyi Ogutu, Kennedy Odhiambo Akello and Kennedy Onyango Adongo.

Governor Obado is currently in police custody at Gigiri Police Station over the murder of university student Sharon Otieno. Obado who was detained on Friday evening is expected in court on Monday.

Sharon’s body was discovered near Kodera forest in Migori on September 5, 2018 with eight stab wounds. A pathologist report later confirmed that her unborn baby had been stabbed as well.

Governor Obado has since denied any involvement in Sharon’s murder.

Sharon’s family has maintained that they will not bury her until her killers are brought to book.

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