Three Siaya legislators yesterday vowed to ensure that area Governor Cornel Rasanga is voted out of office in the August 8 poll for allegedly presiding over massive plunder of county resources.
Legislators Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem), Gideon Ochanda (Bondo) and Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda) also said the governor should be investigated to unearth the source of “sudden wealth he is flaunting around”.
The three were speaking at the home of Mzee Anyim Mahadha in Uyawi, Bondo constituency when they met with Nyasimwa sub-clan. Midiwo, Ochanda and Gumbo lamented that despite Siaya county having received more than Sh20 billion in the last four years, there was nothing to show for it.
They said Siaya is suffering from nepotism in employment and corruption that is being propagated by Rasanga administration to the detriment of its cohesion and development.
Ochanda said the county started on a wrong footing at the advent of devolution, when they accepted a person whose background they did not know well, to take over the reins of power.
“We have a chance not to repeat the same mistake by electing a focused person to be the next governor,” he said. The Bondo legislator asked the Orange Democratic Movement not to interfere with the party’s nomination process warning of an unimaginable backlash if it attempts to rig in those rejected by the electorate.
Midiwo said the governor, who enjoys the support of nominated MP Oburu Oginga, should not be seeking re-election after mismanaging the county’s resources.
“Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua can show the projects he has funded with almost similar amount he has received, including a more than 100-kilometre road network but in Siaya, there is totally nothing,” he said.
Both Ochanda and Midiwo declared their support for Gumbo’s governor bid, saying he was focused and capable of steering the county to properity as its chief executive.
Gumbo said massive corruption in the counties, Siaya included, was costing the public development and undermining devolution. He said that as National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee chair, he is concerned over the rate at which funds were being pilfered by those entrusted to manage them. “Theft is theft.
We cannot condemn theft by the National government and fail to do the same in the counties,” he said while vowing to ensure that the vice was eradicated for Siaya residents to get the value of devolution if elected the governor.
During the meeting, the Nyasimwa sub-clan, led by their patron Mwai Andiwo resolved to support Gumbo’s bid for governor and Ochanda as the Bondo MP. -KNA