Senior Officials of Homa Bay County Assembly were arrested by the anti-corruption agency Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over alleged embezzlement of a massive Kshs. 85,177,811.
The six suspects include the following County Assembly officials, Otieno Bob Kephas – Former Clerk, Caroline Chepkemoi Sang – Chief Finance Officer, Maurice Odiwuor Amek – Senior Accounts Controller. Other accused include Evelyne Awino Ogutu A.K.A. Eveline Awino Ogutu – Nyangume Enterprise limited, S. David Obonyo Mireri – Damila Enterprises Limited and Lilian Achieng ‘Aloo – Damila Enterprises Ltd.
The officials are accused of by EACC engaging in suspected fraud involving at the Homa Bay County as employees, some of whom are also directors or directly linked to companies suspected to have fraudulently received payments from the County. The individuals irregularly received multiple monthly salary payments, the companies received large value remittances, with insignificant supporting documents, all totaling to Kshs. 85,177,811 remitted from the county.
Investigations by the lead anti-graft agency revealed a web where the suspect companies Nyangume Enterprises Limited and Damila Enterprises Limited, are linked to some of the accused County officials. Nyangume Enterprises Ltd is owned by the wife to the former Clerk of the County Assembly, Otieno Bob Kephas while the Damila Enterprises Ltd is owned by the former bank branch manager, David Obonyo Mireri, whose wife Achieng Lilian Aloo, received cash narrated as “salary’ from the County Assemble yet she was not an employee.
Further, Nyangume Enterprises received Kshs. 26,272,460, while Damila Enterprises limited received Kshs. 46,542,645 from County Assembly accounts yet they did not deliver any goods or service to the County. The former County Assembly Clerk, is accused of receiving Kshs 24.2 million from the Assembly, and Kshs 750,000 from Damila and Nyangume Enterprises Ltd respectively.
The Chief Finance Officer Caroline Sang and the senior accounts controller Maurice Amek are suspected of receiving Kshs 3.95 miIIion and Kshs. 5 Million respectively from Damila Enterprises Ltd as benefits.
The Homa Bay County, as well as a number of devolved governments have been embroiled in corruption scandals which have seen even top officials such as Governors hauled before anti-corruption courts. The corruption scandals involve not only the officials, but also their family members, and cronies and clear violation of government financial and procurement laws and regulations. However, investigative agencies have managed to unravel these intricate webs and bring the culprits to book. Some of these officials have as a result lost their seats. The agencies are not stopping at these, they are also going a step further to recover the stolen public funds.