Siaya governor Cornel Rasanga surprised crowds this week after saying that a call to Raila saved him from the pangs of the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji, who was planning to arrest him over graft.
Speaking in Awendo, Migori county, Rasanga openly bragged how he touched down from Canada and walked freely out of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport despite a prosecution order.
“When I was in Canada on an errand for Raila, I received news that I was to be arrested at the airport, after calling Baba (Raila), things were cleared and I majestically passed through the airport,” said Rasanga.
The governor is facing graft charges of paying air tickets for friends and family members using taxpayers money.
It is alleged that he paid business class tickets for his wife, Rosalia (Ksh5 million), as well as a mix of economy class and first class tickets for his son and four daughters on several occasions.
Recently, the governor appointed Raila’s nephew Jaoko Oburu to the County Executive Committee.
Also, the Auditor General Edward Ouko in his latest report says Siaya County spent Ksh141 million without following the law and entered into procurement deals through single sourcing for services like insurance and internet provision.
The governor is also accused of disregarding procurement laws, and irregularly awarding a tender to construct a pre-fabricated building valued at KSh22.5 million at the county headquarters.
Detectives have camped in Siaya county to probe the graft allegetions, but it has raised eyebrows why the governor has not faced the full force of the law, despite rampant corruption being unearthed in the county.
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