Kisumu team told to find miss­ing Sh2.2m

The money al­legedly from Ranguma was to be shared among 22 sup­port­ers

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - FAITH MATETE @fay­matete

A Kisumu assem­bly com­mit­tee has been tasked to find Sh2.2 mil­lion meant for mem­bers. Mar­ket Mil­i­mani MCA Ed­win Anayo said Gov­er­nor Jack Ranguma gave Many­atta B MCA Nereah Okombo the money to be shared among 22 MCAs who sup­port Ranguma, Anayo said.

He told the assem­bly on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that only four MCAs know the lo­ca­tion of the money and the rest should be told where it is and why it was not shared out. The speaker of the day, MCA Eli­jah Omondi, di­rected the House Priv­i­leges and Power Com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate.

Omondi told the Star the House had no in­for­ma­tion on the state­ment raised but the com­mit­tee will as­cer­tain the truth. Dur­ing the morn­ing ses­sion, Okombo and nom­i­nated MCA Ly­dia Od­hi­ambo nearly came to blows. “If it were not for the sergeant-at-arm who held Nereah back, the two would have fought,” an MCA said.

The MCA said Od­hi­ambo hurled in­sults at Okombo. Omondi said the in­ci­dent was “very un­for­tu­nate”. He said mem­bers should act with deco­rum. He said any mem­ber found cul­pa­ble will be pun­ished.

East Seme MCA Ag­grey Ogosi told the Star ev­ery time a mem­ber who does not sup­port the ex­ec­u­tive raises an is­sue in the assem­bly, the ex­ec­u­tive in­ter­venes. “The ex­ec­u­tive is giv­ing out money to di­vide mem­bers and this is just one of the many cases we have,” he said.

The gov­er­nor’s of­fice di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion Den­nis Onyango dis­missed the claims as pro­pa­ganda. He said Ranguma en­joys mas­sive sup­port in the assem­bly and does not need to pay for it. Onyango said Ranguma is out of the coun­try and is not in touch with any MCA.

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