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Kenya: Kisumu County Governor Jack Nyanungo Ranguma is a man under siege

Posted by African Press International on September 5, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO.

Kisumu County Governor Jack Nyanungo Ranguma is a man under siege. Ranguma early this week arbitrary instructed acting Kisumu City manager Chris Rosana to indefinitely suspend 8 chief officers on alleged grounds of gross misconduct among other accusations. Topping the list of victims is the industrious Town Planner Absalom Ochieng  Ayany, Town Eng Adrian Ouma and acting administrative officer Engineering department Morris Matunga.

The report suspending the officers among others is  a culmination of an audit which was sanctioned by the Governor himself early this year.Its imperative to note that the two purported auditors were Rangumas errand boys during the campaigns and their qualifications to carry an audit of such a magnitude for a county like Kisumu is highly questionable and bordering fraud . And again, such a gigantic audit wasnt advertised for fairness,transparency and competitive bidding.Currently Rangumas blue eyed boys have pitched tent in the payment corridors demanding staggering millions from the cash trapped coffers of Kisumu county.

The duo is Odida John who is Rangumas nephew and Haggai Hawi Kadiri,and Kadiri after handing in his half backed and malicious findings landed a lucrative and  powerful post of Director of county assistant without adverticement in the dailies as the law stipulates all in a desperate bid to reward his sycophancy and loyalty. And Odida is poised to take over from Interim county secretary Davis Nakitare in a deal recently hatched in Nairobi in one of the  top of the range hotels a couple of weeks ago which was graced by his close handlers and think tanks.

So far Ranguma has employed over 15 people  in posts that are not provided for in the county administrative manual, neither have they been advertised in the print as required by the law.  A governor is entitled to officially hire only four officers namely a legal officer,  driver, gardener, cook and an aide. Close to over staggering 400m Kshs is alleged to have been spent since he took the mantle  without procurement procedures being adhered to.

Kisumu is the only county in the entire republic where  cash is collected and spent directly without being initially banked in central bank as required by the constitutional provisions. County reps are equally up in arms with the former taxman wondering why he has failed to constitute a public service board to help in the running of the county affairs.

According to the devolution act,the board should be in place within a period of 60 days after the oath has been taken.Back to the suspended officers,Ayany has been given his matching orders for having been over heard telling a land beneficiary to clear council rates so that he can start developing his parcel Kisumu city being awash with housing crisis are a result of the bulging population.

The council gave out land in 2010 courtesy of a council resolution but proper policy mechanisms have not been put in place to urge or compel the beneficiaries to develop them.Town Eng Adrian Ouma was shown the door for heeding to Eng Koderas directive to relocate mushrooming kiosks from Gumbi road to Ondiek Highway.Kodera is the Executive in charge of Roads, Public Works and Physical Planning. And Moris Matunga was crucified for not accounting for a paltry Kshs 5000 in the year 2013 when he was in charge of single business permit yet he had left that department two years ago by time the alleged siphoning was done.”Matungas letter read in part,according to our investigations conducted between 15th April and 25th june 2013 it has been discovered that when you were working at single business permit in charge you committed several acts of fraud that were not only contrary  to suppose to be due and faithful discharge of you officially assigned duties but is also an offence under section 45(1) of the anti corruption  and Economic crimes act 2003″. Some members of the county are also contemplating putting the Governors high handedness and lack of consultation as an agenda this week.

 

ENDS

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