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Economy

EACC seeks 8 former Busia MCAs over mini-budget bribery scam

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The anti-graft body is seeking eight former Busia MCAs for questioning over bribery and corruption linked to the county’s supplementary budget.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has written to the former MCAs asking them to report at Integrity Centre on Wednesday for questioning.

“We are investigating allegations of corruption and forgeries in relation to the supplementary budget of the county. To process the investigations kindly facilitate the following officers for the exercise as indicated in the individual invitation letters,” the letter reads in part.

The EACC did not give details on the nature of the bribery and forgeries related to the supplementary budget, which contains cuts and raises on approved expenditures.

The former leaders include Philip Mudai Emaset, Tony Onyango Opondo, Josephat Wandera, Stephen Ekapolon Ajakait, Godfrey Egesa Odongo, Gabriel Okello, and Kenneth Imwene Ichasi. Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and four county officials have been charged with the loss of Sh8 million belonging to the county.

The former ministers are Bernard Yaite, Allan Ekweny, and Samuel Ombui — who headed the Treasury.

They denied charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office and engaging in a project without proper planning, wilful failure to comply with the law relating to management of public funds and fraudulent acquisition of public property.

Hearing of the cases is expected to start on Tuesday.

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