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Sunday 19 April 2015

Rasanga under threat of impeachment from MCA

Central Alego MCA Leonard Oriaro has sent chills down the spine of Siaya governor Cornel Rasanga by threatening to table a censure motion in the county against the governor over alleged corruption charges once the assembly resumes from recess.
Oriaro called on the governor to step aside and clear his name instead of staying in office yet he was in the know that he had corruption allegations facing him.
The MCA was speaking to journalists in Siaya town faulted the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission report that implicated two junior officers from Siaya county as the most corrupt in the county.
He stated that the two junior county officials implicated in the report were not the mastermind of the allegations levelled against them but they were working under the influence of senior officials in the governor’s office.
‘‘I am prepared to table an impeachment motion against the governor anytime we are back on the assembly from recess. The governor should pave way for investigations on these corrupt charges or else he will be censured,’’ said the MCA.
Oriaro has vowed that he will not relent in his quest to ensure that the county resources are managed efficiently by the people charged to manage them by the electorates.
He said that the interim county secretary Kepha Marube and Zakayo Ojuok, who were mentioned in the recently released EACC list of shame, will not be left alone in the allegations but instead the mastermind of the corruptions claims will also be smoked out from the governor’s office.
Oriaro who is also the chairman of the oversight and implementation committee said that the county has experienced shoddy projects done that have hampered service delivery in the county after unqualified contractors landed contracts.
He alleged that the governor violated the Procurement and Disposal Act  for approving the Sh22.5 million that was used to construct the wooden block at the governors compound, Sh10.4 million fencing of the governor’s  office and Sh13.5 million for the solar lighting project with adhering to due diligence as stipulated in the Act.
‘‘The buck must stop with governor himself and not Marube or Ojuok. The governor should step up and take responsibility  as he has constantly frustrated attempts of the Public Service Board to employ a new interim county secretary,’’ lamented  Orairo while pointing an accusing finger at the governor.
Governor Rasanga has always dismissed such accusations of any involvement in any corrupt deals stressing that his government has been transparent in procuring the contracts and projects.
He added that the county government resorted to build the wooden administration office while waiting for the county to get a suitable partner to set up a new and permanent county headquarters.
‘‘We opted to employ private –public participation in the construction of the county headquarters and ensure that the best contractor is awarded the tender and this makes me as clean as snow,’’  stated governor Rasanga when contacted.

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