Two Homa Bay County Assembly officials arrested over Ksh.85M fraud

Two Homa Bay County Assembly officials arrested over Ksh.85M fraud

  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak said those arrested are directors or are directly linked to Nyangume Enterprises and Damila Enterprises and will be arraigned on Tuesday.

Two senior Homa Bay County Assembly officers are among six suspects who have been arrested over alleged Ksh.85 million fraud.

In a statement issued on Monday, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak said those arrested are directors or are directly linked to Nyangume Enterprises and Damila Enterprises and will be arraigned on Tuesday.

Nyangume Enterprises is owned by former Homa Bay County Assembly clerk Bob Kephas Otieno's wife, and Damila Enterprises by former Equity Bank Homa Bay branch manager David Obonyo Mireri.

The two companies, Nyangume and Damila, pocketed Ksh.26,272,460 and Ksh.46,542,645, yet they did not deliver any goods or services to the county.

The County Assembly Clerk received Ksh.24.2 million and Ksh.750,000 from Damila and Nyangume respectively.

Lilian Achieng Aloo, the wife of the Equity bank branch manager received Ksh.12,363,706.5 as 'salary' yet she was not employed by the county. Also implicated is Evelyne Awino Ogutu who is linked to Nyangume Enterprise.

Chief Finance Officer Caroline Sang and Senior Accounts controller Maurice Amek pocketed 3.95 million and 5 million shillings each from Damila Enterprises as benefits.

The six will be charged with conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office, unlawful acquisition of public property, among other charges.