Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. PHOTO/FILE
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is now targeting Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya over a suspicious acquisition of a luxury hotel in Kisumu.
An EACC file seen and reported by The Star indicate that the possible 2022 presidential aspirant is under investigations following allegations that he used funds embezzled from the County to purchase St Johns Manor Hotel in Kisumu at a tune of Ksh250 million.
Governor Oparanya had since rubbished the allegations, denying any ownership or interest in the three-star hotel.
Manor Hotel is understood to be a preferred facility for the Lake Region Economic Bloc Governors’ meeting which Mr. Oparanya leads as well.
A spot check by Blogger Wakajuaness on the hotel’s Google Maps profile indicates that the hotel charges between Ksh5,000 and Ksh6,700 per night.
Should the charges be confirmed, they could probably taint the Governor’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
Oparanya risks joining the list of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal, his Busia counterpart Sospeter Ojaamong who are facing graft charges as well as Migori Governor Okoth Obado who is facing murder charges involving former Rango University student Sharon Otieno.