Court stops Governor Obado from selling home, luxury cars

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 21 May, 2021 18:23 | 2 mins read
Court declines Obado's request for fresh trial in his Ksh505M graft case
Former Migori Governor Okoth Obado. PHOTO/Courtesy

The High Court in Nairobi has stopped Migori Governor Okoth Obado from selling, charging, leasing or developing property named Loresho Ridge house pending hearing and determination of the case filed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

In a Friday, May 21 judgement, Judge James Wakiaga also gave orders barring the governor from selling three high-end cars pending the hearing and determination of the case against him. 

EACC had sought orders to have Obado and his four children Evelyne Adhiambo Zachary, Dan Achola Okoth, Scarlet Susan Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth

And 16 other proxies and companies enjoined in a suit seeking to recover the sum total of Ksh.73.5 million which the anti-graft body said was allegedly looted from the county coffers through fraudulent means. 

The Anti-Graft body filed an application under a certificate of urgency claiming Obado's luxury cars and property were obtained from proceeds of graft.

"It is therefore just and fit to prohibit the defendants, their agents, servants and/or any other persons from alienating, wasting, transferring, disposing or in any other way dealing with the properties," EACC said.

Others enjoined in the case are Jared Peter Odoyo Kwaga and 13 companies as well as Oliver Okeno Odhiambo.

According to EACC, several people who are proxies of the governor registered several companies with the intention of securing heavy contracts from Migori County government. 

The Anti-Graft body said proceeds from the alleged criminal activities were channelled into accounts of the Migori governor.

EACC also indicates that a sum of Ksh 38.9 million shillings was used to pay the university fees and upkeep of the governor’s three children while part of the remaining money was used to purchase two V8 Land Cruisers.

The two vehicles were registered under Dan Achola Okoth and Oliver Odhiambo identified as the 3rd and 20th defendants. 

The court documents also revealed that the remaining Ksh 34,525,000 million was used to purchase a house in Loresho Ridge, Nairobi.