Officers of the EACC raided the home of Kisumu County Speaker, Onyango Oloo on Tuesday at Milimani suburbs over the loss of Sh. 600 million which could not be accounted for.
The officers struck at around 6.30 in the morning and after introducing themselves disclosed that they had a court order warranting them to search the home for incriminating evidence in relation to the construction of Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) shopping mall in Kisumu.
Oloo in an interview with the media confirmed that the searches had been conducted in his homes in Nairobi and Kisumu quickly pointing out that he was cooperating with the investigating officers as he had nothing to hide.
However, he stated that the truth will finally come to the fore and if anyone is found culpable, including himself then the law should be left to take its course.
Oloo is a former chairman of the LBDA and it was during his tenure that the Sh. 4.2 billion project was implemented.
Attempts by the media to have the officers’ comment on the matter hit a brick wall as they argued that the high profile case was being handled from their Nairobi headquarters.
The LBDA Communications Officer, Yassin Aila said the raids are part of the investigations into the loss of millions of shillings used for the construction of the ultra-modern shopping mall.
Aila was also reluctant to name other individuals whose homes were lined up for further raids, saying that EACC was probing two issues concerning the projects, including the cost variation and the decision by the LBDA management to use a government facility to secure a Sh. 2.5 billion loan from co-operative bank without consent from the relevant authority.
By the time of going to the press, Oloo was still being held at the Kisumu EACC offices after he addressed the media before entering the EACC offices.
By Betty Juma/Isaiah Agutu