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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Kakamega UDF rep refutes claims samosas cost Sh300 each

Kakamega UDF nominated MCA Alex Khamasi has refuted claims that he was doing business with the county assembly.
Khamasi said it was malicious for his political detractors to claim that he was the one who supplied soda and snacks to the assembly at inflated costs.
Reacting to a story in the last week’s Weekly Citizen, the MCA also denied that he spied on his colleagues in the county assembly on behalf of Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
“Sodas and snacks are supplied to the Kakamega county assembly by a youth group from Shinyalu constituency called Deep Fry Youth Group which was registered in 2012. What I only did was to help them secure the tender in line with my responsibility as a youth nominee and as per the law which stipulates that at least 30pc of contracts go to the youth and women. I don’t know the financial aspects involved,” he said.
Khamasi termed as wild, claims that he supplied samosas to the assembly at Sh300 each. He said if the youth group and the county assembly’s public service board made such an agreement, then the latter was culpable and ought to be investigated.
He said at no time had Oparanya asked him to spy on his fellow MCAs. “There is even no need for that because the county assembly’s proceedings are all recorded by the Hansard. The governor can have access to any information he wants if he so requests. So why should I record again?” he posed.
Khamasi said some of his fellow MCAs were behind the allegations because they were envious of his closeness to the governor. He said another one was fighting him because he initiated an impeachment motion that saw him ousted from a plum position in the assembly.
“The governor and I have been close personal friends since 2009 when he was the minister for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030. Even when we went separate ways during the 2013 general election after I campaigned for UDF and Musalia Mudavadi while he was in ODM and behind Raila Odinga, our personal relationship was never jolted. Those envious about this should trace where the two of us have come from,” he said.
Speaking to the press in Kakamega town, the MCA who is also the UDF Kakamega county youth leader, said he was in the party to stay. He said he popularised UDF in the county and beyond and would not quit.
The sentiments were sechoed by UDF leaders from the county who defended the MCA and expressed confidence in his leadership. Khamasi is a close confidante of Mudavadi.