CS Mucheru revokes appointment of suspect in Obado's case

Mucheru makes U-turn on selection

ICT CS Joe Mucheru

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru on Monday revoked the appointment of Jared Kwaga to the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication board.

Mucheru, went back on the appointment after a public uproar that questioned the decision in regards to Kwaga, who is facing corruption allegations.

Kwaga is one of the key suspects in the ongoing Sh2 billion corruption investigation facing Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

The suspect was selected for the position alongside former Bonchari MP Zebedeo John Opore, KBC chairman Edward Musebe, former NGO Coordination Board member Dee Kivuva Mutisya, former newsanchor Beatrice Marshall and former National Quality Control Laboratory Board member Kagiri Kamatu.

The appointment was made public on February 8 through a gazette notice issued by the CS and was to see the board start a three-year term that would run until February 7, 2022.

The embattled Kwaga runs a Pasha Centre in Migori which is part of a digital village project by the ICT ministry, that offers internet access to entrepreneurs who seek training and communication in rural areas.

Sh2 billion paid to ghost companies

The EACC had in 2018 claimed that Kwaga was the brain behind a scheme that paid out Sh2 billion to non-existent companies for services not rendered.

The anti-corruption authority further pointed out that Kwaga was the director of the 16 companies that stole money from the Migori County government.

In the crime, Kwaga had the help of his wife, brothers, mother, sister-in-law and a close relative.

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