The graft case against embattled Migori Governor Okoth Obado and others started on Wednesday, with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) expressing confidence of presenting sufficient evidence.
The ODPP, in its opening statement, said there is evidence to prove irregular Ksh.256 million contracts awarded as well as the unlawful acquisition of public property by the governor and entities associated with him.
Governor Obado and his co-accused persons, in the case, face charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, conflict of interest, unlawful acquisition of public property and money laundering.
According to the ODPP, a total sum of Ksh.256,703,688 was received from the Migori County government by entities registered after Obado became governor by his family members namely wife, brothers, mother, and sister-in-law.
Obado’s brother allegedly received Ksh.63,864,149 by trading with Migori County Government while employed by the very county government as a pharmaceutical technologist.
The governor is accused of acquiring an indirect private interest amounting to Ksh.73,474,376.90 from the county government through his children.
The said children are also said to have pocketed Ksh.38,949,376.90 to cater for their school fees and upkeep while studying in Australia, Scotland and United Kingdom and purchase two high-end vehicles.
The ODPP said it will call a total of 59 witnesses to present both oral and documentary evidence in its quest to prove the case against the governor and his co-accused persons.