ARA wants court to extend freezing of assets of Governor Obado’s associate


The Asset Recovery agency has moved to court seeking to extend orders freezing property belonging to an associate of Migori Governor Okoth Obado Jared Okwaga.

The agency wants the anti-corruption court to extend the orders preserving Loresho Ridge House No.C1 and restrain Jared Kwaga, Evelyne Odhiambo Zachary, Zachary Okoth Obado, Ochola Dan Okoth and Oliver Okieno Odhiambo from selling, wasting or in other way dealing with the said property for six months.

The state agency also wants them restrained from selling or transferring two luxurious Toyota Land cruisers, KCK 722B and KCK 997W for six months.

The agency commenced investigation over allegations that public officers in the Migori County Government conspired with private contractors to engage in a fraudulent scheme to embezzle public funds through inflated or fictitious procurement contracts and both the said public officers, private contractors and their associate have accumulated illicit wealth to the detriment of the public.

The ARA says investigations established that firms associated with known proxies of Governor Obado including Jared Kwaga were systematically awarded high value contracts between 2013 and 2017.

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According to court documents in the possession of the NairobiTimez, a sum excess of Sh 2 billion was paid to companies owned by close family members associated with the Governor including Kwaga, Patroba Ochanda and Joram Opala , their mother Penina Auma Otago as well as Christine Akinyi spouse to Kwaga and his sister in law Carolyne Onyago.

It is alleged that out of the Sh 2 billion, Okwaga used Sh 34,525,000 in buying the Loresho Ridge House.