By: MOSES ODHIAMBO
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga on Tuesday denied that he spent Sh20 million from the county’s public coffers to attend the swearing-in of Tanzania President John Magufuli.
Mr Rasanga said the claims made by Rarieda MP Nicolas Gumbo were outrageous and could have been politically motivated.
“This was a personal trip. We did not spend county funds as claimed,” he said. The governor said he attended the function at the invitation of Mr Magufuli.
He said trip would benefit the lake region counties since they discussed how to work with Dr Magufuli to accelerate development around Lake Victoria.
“It was based on the fact that the Tanzanian President had been to Siaya where we discussed shared development programmes on transport through Lake Victoria,” Mr Rasanga told Nation by telephone.
Dr Magufuli comes from Mwanza and governors from the lake region, who have been working towards revival of port facilities, view his elections win as an advantage for their initiative.
Mr Rasanga said the joint economic plan of the lake region counties is banking on the political goodwill of Uganda and Tanzania to trade in the markets provided by the East Africa Community.
“There should be no politics about the trip at all. We are looking at better prospects when trade with Tanzania is expanded beyond the current,” he said.
Mr Gumbo had made the claims on Mr Rasanga’s two-day trip during the first anniversary of the death of Ms Joyce Aluoch Ogola, the mother of Bondo MP Gideon Ochanda, on Sunday.
The Public Accounts Committee chairman, said the November 5 trip was and a waste of public resources.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION