KISUMU, Kenya, May 11 – Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission Monday arrested six people in connection with international trips made by Kisumu County Assembly members last year.
The Commission’s Western Region acting deputy director Edwin Waudo says four of the suspects were arrested in Kisumu while two others were nabbed in Mombasa.
Those arrested in Kisumu include embattled Speaker Ann Adul, former Clerk Nelco Sagwe, former minority leader Edwin Anayo and former majority leader Samuel Ong’ou, the latter drove himself to Railways police station after evading and resisting arrest.
Waudo said two directors of Factor Connect, Samuel Odera and Mildred Miriam Omondi were also arrested in Mombasa.
He said that Margaret Jobita, a member of the board and Elijah Adul, the husband to the Speaker are still at large.
Waudo said the first charge will involve Adul, her husband, Odera, Omondi and Factor Connect for conspiring to defraud the Kisumu County Government of Sh17.4 million for three international trips to Israel, Singapore and China.
The second charge will involve the entire board members for failing to adhere to laws relating to procurement.
“We are also charging them with wilful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement, this is contrary to section 45 sub section 2b as read with section 48 of the Anti Corruption and Economic and here we are charging them with failing to comply with law by single sourcing Factor Connect to facilitate those three international trips,” he said.
The third charge is for Odera, Mildred and Factor Connect for fraudulently acquisition of public property.
The six will appear before court Tuesday.
Waudo further announced that the commission will press charges against suspended Kisumu County Assembly majority leader