June 18, 2024

Woes for Raila’s deputy, Oparanya as DPP orders his prosecution in Ksh 56M probe

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Woes for Raila's deputy, Oparanya as DPP orders his prosecution in Ksh 56M probe

DPP directs EACC to prosecute Former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in Ksh 56m graft case

DPP directs EACC to prosecute Former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in Ksh 56m graft case.

Former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya runs the prospect of being arrested again after Director of Public Prosecution Renson Igonga approved his prosecution.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Ingonga both agreed that Oparanya, the deputy leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), has questions to answer regarding graft case. 

The anti-corruption advocates asserted in a quarterly report that the former governor was under investigation for allegedly accepting Ksh56 million in kickbacks through contracts given to several businesses during his ten-year tenure.

The Commission further alleged that the former governor received the money through proxies.

Oparanya, furthermore, received payments for the use of his property to the tune of Ksh9 million.

“It was also established that the former Governor entered into a tenancy agreement with the Kakamega County Government for a lease of land reference number Marama/Shianda/442 and the buildings erected thereon for Ksh9,200,000.

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“The said land was established to be the Governor’s property yet again he was being paid by the County Government in a clear case of conflict of interest. Investigations established that the former Governor irregularly received a benefit of Kshs. 56,740,325/= in total from the County Government of Kakamega,” read the allegation in the report. 

Following its investigations., EACC recommended the former county boss be charged with conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, conflict of interest, abuse of office and money laundering.

Also facing fresh arrests are his spouses and some of the directors of the companies accused of receiving the tenders.

“On November 16, 2023, the DPP returned the inquiry file with recommendations for further investigations. The Commission conducted further investigations and resubmitted the file to DPP on December 4, 2023. On December 18, 2023, the DPP returned the file and concurred with the Commission’s recommendations for prosecution,” EACC alleged. 

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