DPP orders for arrest of Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong

Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajj has ordered for the arrest of  Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamong and other county officials due to abuse of office and corruption.

This is following investigations conducted by the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission over double payments from county coffers registered under similar names resulting in the alleged loss of sh 8 million that also involved suspicious payments in awarding of a waste management contract.

The Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong is alleged to have traveled to Germany last year and signed and MOU with one of the companies MRE ltd  for the collection of waste.

However, at the time of signing of the MOU, the company had not yet been registered and  instead another firm by the name Madam R enterprises had been registered as a business name.

The company which signed the MOU  was to source for donors  to finance part of the project to a tune of sh 8.9 million however payments to the company which the governor had approved  were paid in installments to the two companies MRE limited and Madam R enterprises.

“The 1st installment of sh 4 million  was made to Madam R enterprises  and the second installment of sh 4 million  to MRE limited which had by then been registered.” Reads part of the report by the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission.

The second firm MRE limited later terminated the contracted immediately after payment of the second installment citing unfavourable working climate had hindered their ability to obtain the extra international donor funds to operate in Kenya.

Other officials and entities that are to be arrested alongside Mr Ojaamong include;  Mr Timon Otieno Mboga, Mr Bernard Krade Yaite, Mr. Lenard Wanda Obimbira, Mr Samuel Osieko Ombui and Mr. Allan Okweny Omachari.

The suspects who are to be arrested any time from now, are to be charged with offences such as  conspiracy to commit an economic crime,engaging in a project without proper planning,abuse of office and willful failure to comply with the law of management of public funds.

This comes at a time when the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission has come under harsh criticism over failure to deal with mega corruption scandals rocking the country.