ODM Kickstarts Process to Impeach Obado

  • Migori Governor Okoth Obado, accompanied by his wife Hellen, during a press conference on September 12, 2018.
    Migori Governor Okoth Obado, accompanied by his wife Hellen, during a press conference on September 12, 2018.
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  • Migori Governor Okoth Obado's woes continue to pile up after the Orange Democratic Party resorted to impeach him.

    In a statement to the press on Tuesday, September 1, the party's chairman John Mbadi noted that ODM, in consultation with the county's MCAs, had agreed to kick him out of office.

    This is in line with his corruption case in which he was accused of misappropriating up to Ksh73 million taxpayers money at the county.

    "Due to corruption charges leveled against Governor Okoth Obado and the decision by the court to bar him from accessing his office, the party, in consultations with County MCAs, has resolved to have a motion of impeachment against the governor initiated immediately and have the deputy governor take over," read the statement in part.

    Minority Whip in the National Assembly Junet Mohammed (centre) ODM leader Rails Odinga (right) and the leader of the Minority in the National Assembly John Mbadi address the press at Orange House on March 18, 2018.
    Minority Whip in the National Assembly Junet Mohammed (centre) ODM leader Rails Odinga (right) and the leader of the Minority in the National Assembly John Mbadi address the press at Orange House on March 18, 2018.
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    Mbadi further noted that 37 out of the county's 41 MCAs had agreed to kick off the motion.

    Following investigations by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC), Obado was found to have received Ksh 73,474,360 million through his designated proxies and employees of the county government.

    Obado through his children received multiple payments from companies trading with Migori County Government between the 2013-2014 and 2016-2017 financial year.

    The companies involved in the scandal include Misoft Company Limited, Tarchdog Printers, Deltrack ICT services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu Business, Victorious Investment, Dolphins Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.

    Over Ksh 38 million was wired to the Governor's children- Dan, Susan and Jerry- which was used to pay their school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and the United Kingdom.

    Governor Obado's children also used some of the monies to purchase two high-end Toyota Land Cruiser V8s.

    On Wednesday, August 26, the governor was arrested in connection with the scandal, was released on Monday, August 31, and was barred from accessing his office.

    Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji addresses a press conference at his office in Upperhill, Nairobi on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
    Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji addresses a press conference at his office in Upperhill, Nairobi on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
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