Senior Homa Bay County officials arrested over Ksh.85 million fraud

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Eight people in Homa Bay County suspected in a Ksh.85 million fraud have been arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers.

Two of the eight arrested are senior County officials.

EACC Chief Executive Twalib Mbarak said those arrested are directly linked to Nyangume Enterprises and Damila Enterprises. They will be arraigned on Tuesday.

Nyangume Enterprises is owned by former Homa Bay County Assembly Clerk Bob Kephas Otieno’s wife, and Damila Enterprises by former Equity Bank Homa Bay branch manager David Obonyo Mireri.

The two companies, Nyangume and Damila, pocketed Ksh.26,272,460 and Ksh.46,542,645, yet they did not deliver any goods or services to the county.

The County Assembly Clerk received Ksh.24.2 million and Ksh.750,000 from Damila and Nyangume respectively.

Lilian Achieng Aloo, the wife of the Equity Bank branch manager received Ksh.12,363,706.5 as ‘salary’ yet she was not employed by the county.

Also implicated is Evelyne Awino Ogutu who is linked to Nyangume Enterprise.

Chief Finance Officer Caroline Sang and Senior Accounts controller Maurice Amek received Ksh.3.95 million and Ksh.5 million each from Damila Enterprises as benefits.

They will be charged with conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office, unlawful acquisition of public property, among other charges.

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