EACC after Siaya county officials in 400M scandal.
The ethics and anti-corruption commission, EACC after Siaya county officials, who are involved in the 400M scandal.
The Anti- corruption commission stated that the officials from Siaya County government staged mass siphoning of taxpayers’ money.
EACC further revealed that the officials went against their governor, James Orengo and transferred money, to their personal accounts.
EACC said,”EACC has launched investigations into the alleged theft of Ksh400 Million through illegal withdrawals by Senior Officials of the Siaya County Government during the transition period following the August 2022 General Election.
EACC added,”It is alleged that despite a moratorium stopping procurements, payment of allowances and pending bills by the new Siaya Governor, the officials went ahead and fraudulently paid themselves hundreds of millions of public funds.”
EACC is majorly interested funds accumulating to Ksh72 million, which was set aside for installing the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) unit at Siaya Referral Hospital.
EACC stated,”It is further alleged that staff who objected to the fraudulent activities were transferred and replaced with new ones who were irregularly employed, without any advertisement. The new team is reported to have gone ahead to facilitate the fraudulent scheme.”
Allegedly, the looting occurred when the former Siaya county governor, Cornel Rasanga was handing over power to the sitting governor.
Orengo stated that he had stopped the procurement process until a scrutiny is done on where the money went.
Lawmaker Orengo said,”We have stopped payment of pending bills until verification and confirmation, save in the cases of essential services and emergencies. No procurement is being undertaken nor new contracts awarded until we are done with the application of prompt and effective interventions.”