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Sunday, 19 October 2014

MIDIWO TURNS GUNS ON RASANGA, PROMISES WAR 2017



Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has once again raised an accusing finger against Siaya governor Cornel Rasanga over alleged misuse of constituency development funds to the tune of Sh68 million.
Jakoyo said Rasanga can not use such a huge sum of money to construct a parameter wall surrounding his offices and some substandard offices made of wooden walls.
The deputy leader of minority in the national assembly told the governor that he should be accountable for the cash citing that Rasanga was not doing the appropriate thing.
The MP revealed that the contractor who was awarded the tender to construct the parameter wall is not even from Siaya county as he is a tycoon from Kisumu county.
“We won’t allow corruption to take its roots in our own county yet we are busy fighting corruption nationally,” said Midiwo.
He said they would be doing a disservice to the people of Siaya as they will not benefit from the devolved government.
He urged Rasanga not to offer tenders to nonresidents of Siaya county. Jakoyo who was speaking during the funeral of a brother of Ugunja MP was accompanied by Siaya senator James Orengo as Jakoyo tore into Rasanga.
He noted that Rasanga had publicly said that Orengo should not step in Siaya county and termed this as misuse of power and baseless threats to politicians.
“Rasanga was a black cow which was very difficult to sell to the people of Siaya and Orengo and I were in the forefront grooming him for the gubernatorial seat,” said Jakoyo.
However, during the handing- over of the borehole in Ramula Health Centre in Gem constituency, Jakoyo claimed to the doubt of many that Orengo transacted Sh5 million to pay for delegates from his own account during the by-election of the governor.
He warned Rasanga of involving himself in issues that can lead to his failure in 2017 general elections.
“You will come to us for support but it will be too late for you,” warned Jakoyo.
 Rasanga counterattacked Jakoyo in one of his rallies in Ugenya sub county and said he has no issue with Senator Orengo and whoever is thinking so is day dreaming.
He said that those who are criticising and monitoring his development strategies are desperate of tenders which he is not ready to offer them.