Cornell Masanga

There seems to be a problem in Siaya County. The administration is experiencing increased corruption and infighting within the ranks.

According to sources within the administration, the fight to loot the county resources is so intense that the Governor is totally not in control. Documents availed to this blog reveal a network of corrupt officers within the office of Governor Rasanga, County Treasury, Procurements and County Assembly.

Just recently, governor Rasanga was forced to terminate the services of his Chief of Staff, Alloys Obare. He has now been forced to sack the Procurement Chief, Tobias Oloo over allegations of corruption. But the real problem might not be the officers but the governor, his office and the County Secretary, Mr Kepha Marube. Mr Marube was mentioned in the EACC list of shame but he is yet to step down.

The jostling for resources has reportedly led to the alienation of the Deputy Governor, Ouma Onyango who is said to be confused and not happy since he has been left out in all the looting.

Already feeling the heat from sleuths is the acting Chief of Staff, Dr Omamo Wandai, who has recently been accused of failing to account for the expenditure of Ksh 3million from the imprests account. The money was irregularly withdrawn from the county treasury. Dr Omamo is said to be the Governor’s main man now running his illegal payment network including allowances to MCAs to attend meetings with the governor.

The Chief of Staff is also accused of approving payments to MCAs for unclear allowances and non-existent meetings and travels. Dr Omamo is also accused of organising functions where money and other donations sent to the governor’s office are not accounted for.

The governor’s personal assistant, David Ragen, who is also the governor’s nephew, has also been implicated in these illegal schemes. Mr Ragen is alleged to have received funds for travel to China on 21st March, a non existent journey. He was paid per diems for up to ten days. The trip was where governor Rasanga accompanied PM Raila Odinga to China. The PA has not been seen in any of the available photos from the trip nor was he on the flight manifest available.

Not to be outdone, the other PA to the governor Benjamin”Akuru” Oduor  has turned the county coffers into personal property. Aside form purchasing new vehicles, he has made fictitious claims amounting to Ksh 3.5 million for the upkeep of the county first lady. He is alleged to have also received money on behalf of other employees and not remitted to the affected employees.

Mr Oduor is further alleged to have bought his household goods worth Ksh 350,000 and presented claims for refund from the county coffers. He is known to have extremely high appetite for women. He is known to have an intimate relationship with the governor’s personal doctor, Dr Belinda Akinyi.

The PAs are known for nothing more than spending most of their working hours camping at the county treasury chasing fraudulent claims.

Kepha Marube, the interim County Secretary has also become a key fraud in the county. Mr Marube has been seen collecting money from contractors and businessmen in the guise of doing the governor’s work. But the information available indicates that he has since amassed about Ksh 15million kshs in these schemes that have led to the county undertaking works that were not budgeted for. These works include the controversial wooden parlour, the county headquarter wall and solar lighting, both which are under investigation by the EACC.

Initially Kepha was knocked out of the County Secretary interview but due to pressure and intimidation from the governor, he was allowed to attend and eventually got the job. The governor is said to be planning to replace Kepha with a Mr Magoha who is from Gem.

Some of the illegal awards of tenders to Mr Marube include the purchase of tractors, fertilisers and farm inputs as well as the building of the county headquarters. Some contractors bribed to get the contracts but were not successful.

As Hon Raila’s family was mourning his son, Fidel Odinga, Siaya county government employees decided to have a field day and spend all they could. A minor audit for the duration reveal that more than Ksh 11 million were spent on entertaining the county staff as “they mourned” Fidel.

On this illegal expenditure county Finance Executive Cleophas Ombogo, one Tobias Oloo and auditor Collins Owino have all been implicated. The money was allegedly siphoned from the county coffers and it has not been accounted for.

Some fictitious claims for road works in East Yimbo, North Sakwa and Ugunja wards that were also made by the county grader. The procurement team, led by Tobias Oloo (Director of Supplies) refused to play ball in the road works deal leading to sweeping changes at the department and the dismissal of Mr Oloo.

During Fidel Odinga’s funeral, the county government lost a brand new 3-phase generator that is alleged to have been sold to traders who travelled from Nairobi. The illegal sale of the generator is blamed on the county’s director of communications, Boni Odinga.

 

The county treasury of Siaya is best known for delaying payments to contractors and employees but being efficient in paying fictitious claims and receiving kickbacks from contractors and employees.  Whenever you need anything done efficiently in the county treasury, you will have to grease the hands of county director of finance and the chief officer.

In addition the department has also been making double payments to contractors for works done.the department is also a conduit for employees who lodge claims for activities that are not undertaken in the county. This mainly affects the office of the governor. For example, the governor receives Kshs 350,000 per week for upkeep in his house while receiving other money for hosting delegations at his home in Segere, Busia and Nairobi.

This accumulation of funds have greatly increased the financial muscle of the governor in preparation for 2017 elections. The other person known to receive payments from the county is Eliud Owalo. The county is said to pay him a quarterly consultation fee of Ksh 16million.

The members of county assembly have not been left out in the chase for the quick buck. MCAs have abdicated their duties of oversight and legislation and are currently engaged in conducting business with the county. Most of the MCAs have suddenly become the contractors, suppliers, brokers and middlemen to the contacts in the county.

Some of the county assembly officials implicated in these deals include the leader of majority, the chief whip together with the MCAs of Siaya township, Central Gem, West Yimbo, North Uyoma, among others. This has led to compromised and substandard works within the county since the MCAs influence payments and award of contracts. It has also led to delay of project completion with over 70% percent of projects or 2013/14 incomplete.

This is said to be the reason why Siaya is lagging behind in surveys assessing the utilisation of funds and is perennially ranked as a poor performing county.

But the most chilling of all is governor Rasanga who is widely known to be the Jacob Zuma of Kenya when it comes to the utilisation of public funds in undertaking private activities. His private home in Segere has recently been upgraded with funding from the county coffers. The home has benefitted with the recent installation of stand-by generator, toilets all paid by public money. His farm is undergoing massive rehabilitation through supplies from Nyaugenya hardware paid as emergency funds from the county. Being questioned is also his close involvement with Samco traders which has given the businessman an edge in contracts within the county. Samco traders boasts of building the house of the governor’s son and in appreciation has received various tenders totalling to around Ksh 100 million.

The governor has influenced payment of Ksh 6million to Adams Oloo for non existent consultancy works. Other payments include Ksh 7.5 million given to Johncele insurance brokers in Kisumu.

As a man, the governor is known to be randy and has been rumoured to be enjoying the services of Miss tourism Siaya 2014, Claris Okello. In addition the proprietor of Rhouzene traders in Siaya town has more than once boasted that she gets contracts through sexual favours.

Much is happening in this county. Much that if not checked will take Siaya down. Employees have been sacked, threatened and even intimidated by the administration.