EACC Detectives Arrest County Speaker, 9 Senior Assembly Officials

Detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Tuesday, December 1 arrested ten Migori County Assembly senior officials.

According to reports by the Nation, the officials were arrested in connection with a corruption investigation in the county assembly.

Those arrested include Speaker Boaz Okoth, his deputy Mathews Chacha, members of County Assembly Service Board Roland Asiga, Nicholas Rioba, Clifford Jobando and Mrs Meressa Akello, acting County Assembly Clerk Emanuel Kingwara, suspended Clerk Tom Onyango among others.

“They have been transferred to EACC headquarters for interrogation after they recorded a statement at Migori police station,” a senior DCI official told the publication.

EACC spokesperson Yassin Amaro confirmed the arrests stating that the commission will issue a comprehensive statement later.

“They were picked by our officers from Nairobi. We will issue a comprehensive statement once they arrive at the headquarters,” Yassin said.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has issued an arrest warrant for at least 15 suspects in the corruption cases at the assembly in early November.

Migori County Speaker Boaz Okoth. Photo/Courtesy

In a letter dated November 5, Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai stated that suspects were wanted to face charges of conspiracy to commit an offense.

The detectives have been trailing the 15 suspects who include directors and former directors of various companies linked to alleged fraudulent procurement

“The suspects should be apprehended forthwith and arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit an offense of corruption,” read the letter in part.

The suspects include Ms Lucy Wanje, director and shareholder at Pamawe Construction Company, James Nduati, former director and current operations manager at Pamawe, Willis Gor director at Travel Time Leaders Company, Ms Joan Owuor (signatory of Travel Time) and Pius Okello director at Guumba Contractors Limited.

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