Ar­rest Akaranga, urges Chanzu

His ad­min­is­tra­tion owes con­trac­tors Sh2 bil­lion from two years ago. MP says the Se­nate is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the county gov­ern­ment over Sh2.5 bil­lion un­ac­counted for

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - HIL­TON OTENYO @hiltonotenyo

Gov­er­nor Moses Akaranga should be ar­rested and charged for his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, Vi­higa MP Yusuf Chanzu has said. He said con­tracts for Sh2 bil­lion projects have not been paid for.

“The con­trac­tors have ap­proached me for ad­vice over the de­layed pay­ments and I will join them in their plans to sue the county gov­ern­ment,” Chanzu told the Star on the phone.

He said the Se­nate is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the county gov­ern­ment over Sh2.5 bil­lion that is un­ac­counted for.

“If Akaranga can­not pay ‘con­trac­tors for ten­ders awarded two years ago, where will he get the money he is promis­ing the con­trac­tors, yet the county is set to re­ceive Sh4.5 bil­lion this fi­nan­cial year?” Chanzu asked.

He said Akaranga should ex­plain the where­abouts of money al­lo­cated for projects. The con­trac­tors, led by Al­fred Okubi, said they will pe­ti­tion the Se­nate to ask the IEBC to bar Akaranga from run­ning for re­elec­tion.

Akaranga could not be reached for com­ment as he was in France over the week­end. But county head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Peter Athi­aya said the hitch that led to the de­lays had been re­solved and pay­ment has started.

CRED­I­TORS SAY THEY’LL PE­TI­TION THE SE­NATE TO ASK THE IEBC TO BAR HIM FROM RUN­NING FOR RE­ELEC­TION

/ JOSEPH JAMENYA

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