After fire gutted down Busia County finance office within the premise of the Governor’s office destroying files, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers raided the office and took away some documents. The officers, six in number, accompanied by Busia County Criminal Investigation officers camped at the Governor’s office premises for almost four hours and were seen perusing files in various offices before going away with some documents.
Normal business was disrupted at the Governor’s office since the fire broke out Wednesday at 2 am destroying crucial financial files stored in one room.
Few workers were seen in the compound on Wednesday and Thursday but majority of them have kept off. It has since emerged that EACC had written a letter to the County government on 27th August 2019 demanding documents touching on payment made to three companies namely Evan Enterprise Ltd, Draccy Enterprises Ltd and Loviannah Enterprises Ltd.
Part of the letter, which we have in soft copy, reads; “The Commission is carrying out investigations into allegations of procurement irregularities in award of tenders for supply of stationaries through the various departments within the Busia County Government touching on the following companies: (i) Evam Enterprises Ltd, (ii) Draccy Enterprises Ltd, (iii) Loviannah Enterprises Ltd. To facilitate our investigations, kindly provide us with the original payment vouchers and its supporting documents originating from the attached payment schedule payable to the above mentioned companies.”
The letter signed by George Ojowi for the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer concludes; “Our officers Adan Gedi and William Kimutai will be available to receive the documents on 2nd September 2019 at 10 am Bungoma EACC offices.” We could not however establish whether the County government had honored the letter and delivered the required documents on the said date or whether they are the ones the officers came for.
This is the second time the EACC is raiding Busia County offices, the first time being on 2nd September 2015 which led to the arrest and subsequent arraignment in court of Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in July 2018.