The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has obtained orders to seize a Sh35 million house in Loresho, Nairobi linked to Migori Governor Okoth Obado.
The property was allegedly acquired through proceeds of corruption by one Jared Kwaga, who is suspected to be a proxy of Governor Obado.
The six-month preservation order ensures the property cannot be sold, transferred, or disposed of before EACC concludes its investigations. The order was granted by Anti-Corruption Court Justice Mumbi Ngugi on Thursday, May 21st.
“An order is hereby granted in terms of section 56 of the anti-corruption and economics crime preserving the property referred to as Loresho Ridge House No C1 LR No 21080/38 restraining the respondents, their agents, servants or any other person from selling, disposing of, wasting or in any other way dealing with the property aforesaid for a period of six months,” Justice Ngugi ruled.
EACC accuses Kwaga of incorporating several companies to irregularly trade with the Migori County Government.
Preliminary investigations by EACC revealed the tenant of the Loresho Ridge House No C1 LR No 21080/38 has been remitting rent to Governor Obado’s daughter Evelyne Zachary. The commission suspects Governor Obado is a direct beneficiary of the property.
EACC in 2018 accused Governor Obado of siphoning Sh2 billion from the county coffers using proxies and relatives among them Jared Kwaga, Christine Ochola, Carolyne Ochola, Joram Otieno, Patroba Otieno, Penina Otago, and Robert Okeyo.