Obado and kids to appear in court again today

Obado is charged alongside 15 others

[FILE] Migori Governor Obado, his four children and 11 other county staff and suppliers appear in court on August 27, 2020.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado as well as his four children are among 16 people set to appear in the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court on Monday, August 22.

The 16 are charged with abuse of office, conflict of interest, unlawful acquisition of public funds and money laundering in relation to Sh73 million paid by the Migori County Government.

According to court documents, the money was wired to various companies and subsequently to the Governor's children for payment of school fees in various universities abroad, acquisition of high end motor vehicles and purchase of a house in Loresho Ridge.

The case against the outgoing Governor was filed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). EACC filed an application under a certificate of urgency claiming Obado’s luxury cars and property were obtained from proceeds of graft.

Also set to appear in court today is former Deputy Auditor General Stephen Kinuthia and 19 others. They are charged with money laundering and unlawful acquisition of public property.

According to documents retrieved from the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court, charges relate to irregular purchase of an Audit Vault by the Kenya National Audit Office at Sh100 million against the estimated cost of Sh18 million.

The latest graft cases come only hours after the National Treasury obtained Sh3 billion in revenue from forfeited assets, fines, and penalties.

The 2021/2022 financial year saw Treasury surpass their Sh2.2 billion target following the Governments decision to widen crackdown on corruption and law enforcement.

During that period numerous companies and business owners have been taken to court accused of fraud and money laundering.

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