Ojaamong sues for the return of computers seized by EACC

Operations at the Busia County government have been grounded after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission confiscated computers from the finance and procurement offices.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has subsequently sued the anti-graft watchdog seeking the return of the computers and documents seized in a raid on the county government offices last Wednesday.

Mr Ojaamong said the county government has about Sh600 million in its accounts and cannot buy drugs or pay health workers, among others services.

“We cannot buy drugs or pay contractors because the national government took away all IFMS computer systems,” he said.

Mr Ojamong said the national government wanted to cripple activities at the county government through the EACC investigations.

Executive member for Finance Leonard Obimbira said approvals for all payments are done using IFMS.

“Nothing is taking place because even sign-in cards were taken,” he said adding that the officials took away two computers which reinforce each other.

“They could have downloaded what they wanted and leave the machines there so that operations continue,” he said.

The executive member noted that he had consulted with the accountant general in the Treasury and advised the governor to communicate with the Cabinet secretary for Treasury Henry Rotich on the issue.

“I relayed the information to the county boss. Am expecting progress on the matter after the consultation,” he said.

EACC has been looking into allegations of fraud and money laundering.