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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.

 

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Kenya: Water Shortage Hit Kisumu City

Posted by African Press International on April 12, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

Fears have engulfed the resident of Kisumu and its environs following reports that there may be an outbreak of waterborne diseases in the City.

This is due to use of raw water after Lake Victoria South Water Services Board (LVWSB) disconnected water supply to Kisumu Water and Sewerage Services Company (KIWASCO) for failing to pay water bills.

The city have experience acute shortage of water for the last one week forcing the residents to draw water from the lake and even buy from vendors.

The Chief Executive Officer, LVWSB, Eng.Moses Agumba said they were forced to cut down the plant intake after the water supplier refused to pay the debt.

Eng. Agumba said the board shut down the intake plant last weekend demanding Ksh.4.5 million.

However, KIWASCO Cooperate Officer, Georgory Okello said the motive was ill –advise saying they had made an agreement to settle the bills as required by the LVWSB.

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Kenya: An NGO trains journalists on how to use media to secure fair and peaceful election

Posted by African Press International on November 10, 2012

  • By  Dickens Wasonga.

A Kisumu based Non Governmental Organization has embarked on training of local journalists on how best  to use media coverage as a means to secure  fair and peaceful election ahead of  the March 2013  general elections.

Local Capacities for Peace International LCPI  which is funded by UKAID targets to train over 100 journalists based in Kisumu City in a bid aimed  at ensuring the lake side City which was rocked by post-election violence that saw many people lose their lives and several others displaced does not go through the same orgy of violence it witnessed in 2008.

Speaking during a one day workshop organized for the scribes at a Kisumu hotel the LCPI  project officer Ms Rosemary Onunga said failure by the media to censure some of the statements made at political rallies to drum up support for various presidential candidate in the last elections by some leaders was partly the reason for the election related violence that rocked the nation  in 2008.

Onunga called on those covering election to ensure materials that can whip up tribal animosity or constitute hate speech are not aired or published by media houses  as a way of stopping rogue  politicians from inciting people to engage in acts of  violence.

The officers observed that although journalists are part of the society they work in, most organizations sideline them in efforts to bring peace and only invite reporters to their functions as away of transmitting what they have to say to the public.

” This approach is wrong because news men are part and parcel of the communities they live and work in and they should be fully involved in peace building initiatives throughout just like we do with other stakeholders;” she pointed out.

It’s generally believed by most Kenyans  that the media especially the vernacular radio stations and a section of the print media together with the  electronic were reckless in the manner in which they covered events leading to and after the 2008 election whose results were disputed.

She said her organization was willing to sponsor journalists to do stories that will enhance peace initiatives in the region adding that apart from the media practitioners LCPI was already engaging with various security agencies in Kisumu  and local political leadership to discuss how peaceful campaigns and electrons can be secured.

Kisumu has lately been in the news for the wrong reasons.  Not long ago groups operating like those proscribed by the government were locked in a bitter war of supremacy which saw a number of their members hunted and arrested by the police.

And last week a prominent politician cum businessman   Onyango Kwega was gunned down by three armed criminals an incident that sparked immediate protests throughout the City that left business and transport paralyzed for days.

Already there is fear amongst the City residents and the business community that if not checked violence is likely to rock the area as polls approaches with non confirmed reports indicating that some people are believed be considering or  relocating for fear of the chaos .

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