Governor Ranguma accused of corruption

Kisumu Senator Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o has accused Kisumu County Government of massive looting of public resources during the transition period.

Prof. Nyong’o, who is seeking to unseat Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma in the August 8th general elections, said millions of public funds were siphoned from the County coffers before the closure of the 2016-2017 financial year.

In a letter addressed to the Ethic and Anti-Corruption Commission, Auditor General, Attorney General and Chairman Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee, Nyong’o outlined how County Treasury officials made suspect payments to companies belonging to associates of incumbent governor Jack Ranguma.

He pointed out Cortec Systems and Solutions Limited which claimed to have done work worth S27.5 million to establish a County Integrated Enterprise Resource Planning System and Sinibo Company which was paid S8 million to develop a Huduma Center.

The department of lands, he further said, planned to make a ghost payment of Sh40 million claiming to have done a valuation roll whose paperwork was ongoing.

He added that the department of roads has given out contracts for construction of new roads notwithstanding the high amount of pending bills in the same department.

Nyong’o further accused the governor of un-procedurally recruiting members of staff which has seen the County’s wage bill soar.

He stated that the County Government had failed to remit loan and statutory deductions for members of staff making it difficult for them to access medical care.

Nyong’o said efforts by members of staff to raise grievances through their union were being frustrated through transfers and dismissals.

He said under the watch of governor Rasanga, the County had sunk into debts and residents were not getting value for billions of shilling pumped into projects.

Speaking during a press conference in Kisumu Friday, the Senator asked the relevant agencies to act swiftly to avoid further loss of public money before elections.

On 4th July 2017, EACC officers stormed the offices of the Kisumu Acting County Secretary Dr. Lucy Ojwang and Planning Chief Officer George Anyong’a where they frisked and took away files and computers for investigation purposes.

Nyong’o who recently launched his manifesto, alleged that his competitors were busy buying identity cards in areas where he enjoyed massive support.

He pointed out Nyakach and Seme where a woman was found in possession of 300 identity cards which she had bought from women in the area to prevent them from participating in the General Elections.

He termed vote buying an unlawful act and a major blow to National Supper Alliance (NASA) presidential Candidate Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.

He asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to investigate the matter and take action against those involved.

Source: Kenya News Agency