Obado Ally arrested in Kisumu

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Jared Kwaga, a key suspect in the Sh2 billion corruption probe targeting Migori Governor Okoth Obado, was arrested in Kisumu County on Friday.

Kisumu Central police boss Noah Katumo told the Nation on Saturday that Mr Kwaga was apprehended as the vehicle he had been driving had the wrong number plate.

The number plate – KCF 346 Y – was not originally registered with the black Toyota Prado v8, said Mr Katumo, who is the Divisional Criminal Investigation Officer (DCIO).

“We are conducting investigations to establish his intentions for using a vehicle with a wrong number plate,” the DCIO said, adding Mr Kwaga would be arraigned on Monday.

At the station earlier, Mr Kwaga told the Nation that he was apprehended by officers who said they were in the Special Crimes Unit and locked up at the Central Police Station cells.

He was arrested on Jomo Kenyatta Highway near the State Lodge.

Police sources said the correct number plate for the car was KCF 757 Y.

Mr Obado is accused of using proxies, including his relatives, to siphon Sh2 billion from the county’s coffers, according to an affidavit filed in court by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The commission said seven members of his family registered 16 companies and secured multimillion tenders from the county government.

The individuals were identified as Mr Kwaga, Ms Christine Ochola, Ms Carolyne Ochola, Mr Joram Otieno, Mr Patroba Otieno, Ms Penina Otago and Mr Robert Okeyo.

Early in February, Mr Kwaga was appointed to the council of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication but the decision was later revoked.

He was among many individuals in a list of appointments by President Uhuru Kenyatta and several ministers in a Gazette notice of February 8.

Three days later, in another Gazette notice, Information, Communication and Technology minister Joe Mucheru said he had cancelled the appointment.