The High Court has allowed the anti-corruption watchdog to seize assets of Governor Okoth Obado worth Sh73 million, pending determination of a forfeiture suit that claims the wealth was acquired using funds embezzled from Migori county government.
Among the frozen assets is the governor’s residential property situated in Loresho Ridge Nairobi and three high-end cars. Justice Esther Maina also barred the governor from collecting rent from the residential house.
The judge blocked him from selling, charging, leasing or developing the property pending determination of the suit filed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). In addition, he was barred from selling the three vehicles.
The Judge also issued orders barring Mr Obado and his four children – Evelyne Adhiambo, Dan Achola Okoth, Scarlet Susan Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth – his proxy Jared Peter Odoyo Kwaga, their servants or agents from disposing or transferring the assets.
EACC is seeking to recover the assets on belief that the wealth was allegedly looted from the county coffers through fraudulent contracts.
The Anti-Graft body filed an application under a certificate of urgency claiming Mr Obado’s luxury cars and property were obtained from proceeds of graft.