Former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya yet off the hook after court allows EACC to freeze his Ksh28.9 million.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has obtained orders to freeze assets worth Ksh.28.9 million belonging to former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya over his alleged involvement in a Ksh.1.3 billion graft probe.
EACC was given the asset freeze nod by the High Court on Thursday, pending the completion of ongoing investigations.
The money is reportedly held by a company linked to the former county boss.
EACC had earlier accused the former county boss of being entangled in a corruption scandal during his tenure as Kakamega Governor.
The commission says that Ksh1.3 billion went missing from public coffers during this window.
The orders issued by Justice Esther Maina will stay in place for a period of six months.
Oparanya’s legal woes have continued to worsen since his arrest at the tail-end of August following raids in his Nairobi and Kakamega homes.
The Governor was taken into custody alongside his wife, Priscilla, after they were accused of embezzling the funds.
At the time, a statement by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) indicated that the raids were conducted by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The duo was subsequently grilled by EACC officers at the Integrity Centre in Nairobi.
“Our DPL Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has been arrested by officers from the DCI. Oparanya together with his wife Madam Priscillah are currently at the EACC offices at Integrity Centre,” an ODM statement read at the time.
“No information has been given as to why they have been arrested & why they are being questioned.”
Reports, however, claimed that the former governor had used a company to purchase his Karen home alongside other properties illegally.
EACC had earlier forwarded the ex-governor’s file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for appropriate action after conducting thorough investigations into all reported offences.
The matter is set to be mentioned on June 11, 2024.