Residents of Busia county are reading mischief in the coincidental absence of Governor Sospeter Ojaamong(Pictured above) and finance executive Phaustine Barasa when a mysterious fire razed down the county finance office destroying crucial files, computers and other vital documents.
The ugly incident has irked top officers from the anti-graft agencies who have vowed to bring to book corrupt elements in county governments despite the obvious sabotage attempt through fires, a trend that seems to be quickly catching up again after a similar incident was witnessed in Homabay county.
Significantly, the Busia inferno comes at a time the officers from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission were narrowing on twin corruption cases where the county has reportedly lost millions of shillings through dubious deals. Firms being investigated are Evam Enterprises Ltd, Draccy Ltd and Loviannah Ltd.
In Homabay, the offices of Governor Cyprian Awiti caught fire just when sleuths from the EACC had walked away with some documents and computers touching on the alleged loss of Sh5 billion through improprieties of senior county government officials.
Part of the arsonists believed to have been hired from Kisumu, were arrested but there have been talks centrally placing the Homabay internal auditor Julius Polo and county secretary Isaiah Ogwe behind the incident.
Privy sources indicate that it was Polo who literally carried Sh5 million in cash all way from Homabay to Kisumu where he delivered the cash to the identified arsonists.
Weekly Citizen has learnt that Polo and Ogwe are in frantic efforts to divert the attention of the investigators and in a calculative move which has now resorted to sacrifice some of the staff embroiled in dubious impress payment.
The affected staff members have been reporting to the DCI headquarters Kiambu in batches to record statement over the imprest anomalies yet there are arguments that the matter should be given civil attention as opposed to criminal offence.
Understandably, the millions of shillings that disappeared through the imprest payment should be deducted from the respective accounts of those involved and unable to produce supportive documents.
But for the case of Polo and Ogwe, they are advancing an idea that they are out to fight mega corruption at the Homa Bay county by putting legendary energy on the imprest payment while at the same time praying that it would help play perfect cover up in the previous Sh5 billion scandal in which they have been prominently mentioned.
Back to the Busia saga, top officials involved in corruption cases are said to be having busy moments with their respective lawyers to remain alert on any eventuality after the fire incident put the county in sharp focus on the anti-graft agencies.
Matters that are likely to follow regarding investigation in Busia are bound to get nasty for those directly and indirectly involved in corruption web that has swindled the county billions of shillings.
The anger exhibited by twin investigators, EACC boss Twalib Mbarak and his DPP counterpart Noordin Haji in reaction to the Busia fire was enough to prove that the two were not impressed by the kind of hide and seek games employed by the corrupt in the counties.
Two Busia county finance officers were immediately nabbed over the fire that mercilessly razed the county finance office burning crucial files and computers.
At the same time, the anti-graft officials are scratching their heads to figure out how a senior accountant owned three companies by way of proxies and used the same to siphon a whopping Sh56 million from the county treasury between 2015 and 2019.
The officer in question opted for a daring move and engaged his wife and a brother as the directors of the three companies that are now being investigated from the top level of EACC and DPP.
A red flag was raised after it emerged that the three companies owned by the senior accountant through his wife and a brother were awarded a total of Sh26 multimillion tenders by different departments from the office of the governor, lands, water and finance.
And outrageously, out of the 26 tenders the three companies in question were awarded, ten contracts worth Sh33 million by the finance department where the senior account is the one calling the shots.
Weekly Citizen has established that trouble started on August 27, this year when the EACC detected grave discrepancies and wrote a letter to the county secretary Nicodemus Malaku compelling the county government to provide original payment vouchers and supporting documents originating from the attached payment schedule payable to the three companies.
Inside sources said that after the officials learnt that they were tightly cornered, they opted for a Homabay style where evidence was set on fire at the time detectives had pitched camp at the corruption ridden County