Migori Governor Obado charged afresh as 2 more suspects are arraigned

Migori Governor Obado charged afresh as 2 more suspects are arraigned

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Migori Governor Okoth Obado was on Thursday charged afresh after the court granted the prosecution's application to include two other suspects to the graft case.

The embattled Governor and the co-accused were charged with 25 counts of crime for which they all pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution team led by ADPP Peter Kiprop, Eva Kanyuira and Hellen Mutella had pleaded with the court to amend the charge sheet in a bid to introduce two other accused persons into the case.

Obado and his co-accused were charged with conspiracy to commit an economic crime, conflict of interest, unlawful acquisition of public property and money laundering.

On Wednesday during the first hearing, the ODPP expressed confidence saying there is enough evidence to prove irregular Ksh.256 million contracts awarded as well as the unlawful acquisition of public property by the governor and entities associated with him presenting enough evidence on the case.

"A total sum of Ksh.256,703,688 was received from the Migori County government by entities registered under Obado's family members including his wife, brothers, mother, and sister-in-law," a statement read.

Obado’s brother for instance allegedly received Ksh.63,864,149 by trading with Migori County Government while employed by the very county government as a pharmaceutical technologist.

The governor is also accused of acquiring an indirect private interest amounting to Ksh.73,474,376.90 from the county government through his children.

The said children reportedly pocketed Ksh.38,949,376.90 to cater for their school fees and upkeep while studying in Australia, Scotland and the United Kingdom and purchase two high-end vehicles.