MP Obara among Homabay land grabbers – Weekly Citizen


Eve Obara

Kabondo Eve Obara has prominently featured allegedly as one of the beneficiaries of massive land corruption in Homabay county where nearly all public land has been fraudulently sold to private developers.
Pressure is now mounting on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to act with speed and arrest powerful dark barons calling shots at the Homa-Bay county government said to be behind the illegal acquisition and sale of a number of public land in the county.
Weekly Citizen has details to the effect that a communication has been wired to the regional EACC office in Kisii and detectives to launch investigations into claims that prime public lands in Homabay have been dubiously sold.
Other individuals to be investigated over land fraud are the Homabay county land officer Anthony Bala and sub-county administrator Bernard Opande both who are said to be acting on Ogwe’s instruction to execute the dirty land deals.
The parcel of land hosting a storey building owned by Obara is next to the National Heritages offices in Homabay town.
Other pieces of land in question include a police parking bay reportedly sold to a local powerful contractor, a one Oguna, who is the proprietor of Kongoro Enterprises.
Then there is another parcel of land that previously hosted fish processing factory christened Capital Fish which used to be owned by a foreigner of Israel background who fled the country at a time the government had accused his company of massive tax arrears.
The site is said to be currently operated as a joint asset between governor Awiti and Ogwe with the two said to have capitalised on the foreign disappearance to illegally acquire the land.
It is the former powerful Kanu man the late Aketch Chieng who during his tenure as a councilllor in the defunct Homa-Bay Municipal Council offered the land to the investor with a view of creating a vibrant economic environment in the region.
Another prime public space that has been secretly sold in the spree is a forest behind Sonyako Plaza in the town.
Apart from grabbing a playground, a grabber is accused of putting up a hotel known as Twin Tower which is sitting on a sewage line that has led to frequent blockage in Homa Bay sewage line system.
Dumpsite land was grabbed by former county assembly clerk Bob Otieno in cahoots with another unidentified face and the two have constructed rental houses on the space.
Cartels behind dubious sale of land in Homabay are said to be now targeting rate defaulters whose lands are being repossessed at the slightest show of default in settling land rate fee.
However, Homabay residents have remained upbeat with the news that the EACC boss Twalib Mbarak is keen on matters in the region and the residents have expressed optimism with high signs that those behind mega corruption in the county could finally find themselves behind bar.
Obara did not respond to several text messages and phone calls.


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