EACC arrests over 20 MCAs in Trans Nzoia for graft allegations as others flee to Uganda

EACC detectives acting on orders from DPP, Keriako Tobiko carried out a raid which netted over 25 members of the county assembly from the Trans Nzoia County Assembly.

 

EACC detectives acting on orders from Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko carried out a raid which netted over 25 members of the county assembly from the Trans Nzoia County Assembly.

Most of the ward representatives were caught unaware at their homes in the 6am morning raid on Monday.

They were then taken to the EACC office in Eldoret for grilling ahead of court appearances.

Among those who were targeted but managed to slip off after getting wind of the arrests are two MCAs, assembly Speaker David Sifuna, Clerk Aineah Indakwa and other staff members, with some said to have escaped to Uganda according to a local media report.

The members of county assembly and county officials are facing charges of alleged embezzlement and abuse of office.

Among the charges the ward reps are facing is the alleged embezzlement of about Sh1.7 million, with each MCA said to have pocket about Sh47,000 to attend the burial of a colleague of theirs who died in 2014.

"They will be taken to court because investigations are complete," North Rift EACC coordinator Enock Otiko said.

The arrests comes on the back drop of another arrest on January 15, where EACC officers  arrested three Trans Nzoia workers  at Kobos village in Kwanza sub county for allegedly caught asking a resident for a Sh15,000 bribe.

Last year, 15 of the county's workers were charged for allegedly engaging in corruption.

Trans Nzoia governor, Patrick Khaemba has warned county employees against engaging in corruption, saying his government will ensure the interdiction of culprits.

"The EACC must continue investigating and anyone found culpable must be dealt with according to the law," he said as quoted by a local daily.

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