Mbadi says bore­hole sunk on brother’s land

The county ad­min­is­tra­tion did not com­mit a crime in us­ing that place if the area proved to have a high wa­ter ta­ble, says Yambo

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ROBERT OMOLLO @RobertO­mollo3

Suba MP John Mbadi and Lands ex­ec­u­tive Con­so­lata Yambo have de­nied the Homa Bay govern­ment sunk bore­holes in their com­pounds. They ad­mit­ted, how­ever, that a bore­hole was sunk near Mbadi’s home.

In a let­ter from res­i­dent Ger­ald Di­bogo pe­ti­tion­ing the EACC to in­ves­ti­gate Mbadi and Yambo, Suba South MCA Tom Omuto is also men­tioned as a ben­e­fi­ciary.

How­ever, Mbadi and Yambo said they did not de­lib­er­ately have the bore­hole sunk near Mbadi’s home. They told the Star a ge­o­log­i­cal sur­vey was con­ducted and the county govern­ment set­tled on sink­ing the bore­hole there.

BROTHER OF­FERED LAND

“The Homa Bay govern­ment did not com­mit a crime in sink­ing the bore­hole in that place if that area proved to have a high wa­ter ta­ble,” Yambo said. She is the former Wa­ter ex­ec­u­tive.

Yambo said Suba res­i­dents of­ten face acute wa­ter short­ages. She said some peo­ple are be­ing used to fight the county govern­ment’s ini­tia­tives to pro­vide wa­ter to res­i­dents.

Yambo de­nied that one of the bore­holes was dug in her homestead. “I’ve never sunk a bore­hole at my home. The wa­ter I use is col­lected from my roof and I’ve used it since 1998. Let any­body doubt­ing me come and con­firm for them­selves,” she said.

Mbadi said the bore­hole was dug on his brother’s land. He said they are be­ing crit­i­cised for of­fer­ing land for the con­struc­tion of the God Liech Com­mu­nity Wa­ter Project.

MUDSLINGING

“These are busy­bod­ies who lack some­thing to pur­sue in their lives. I don’t see any­thing war­rant­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions if my fam­ily agrees to of­fer land freely for con­struc­tion of a project that helps our peo­ple,” Mbadi said.

He said his ri­vals want to use the project to dim his ris­ing political star. Mbadi said he has spent CDF money pru­dently to ben­e­fit res­i­dents, forc­ing his ri­vals to re­sort to political mudslinging.

“They have noth­ing on me, since they haven’t seen me take bribes or as­so­ci­ate my­self with the Ju­bilee govern­ment to tag me a mole, hence taint­ing my name is the only thing they can do,” he said.

The leg­is­la­tor said his op­po­nents are hid­ing be­hind “an amor­phous per­son called Ger­ald Di­bogo”. He asked why anyone would file a pe­ti­tion over the bore­hole project.

“We’ve re­alised there’s no­body with such a name in Ma­gunga and even if there is, what con­cern does he have with the wa­ter, which is 11km from where he re­sides?” Mbadi said.

SUP­PORTS AWITI

The ODM na­tional chair­man has been ac­cused of tak­ing sides in Homa Bay pol­i­tics by pub­licly rooting for Gov­er­nor Cyprian Awiti’s re­elec­tion.

“I will sup­port Awiti’s re­elec­tion as an in­di­vid­ual be­cause of his de­vel­op­ment record since his elec­tion. But I’m ready to sup­port who­ever ODM will nom­i­nate for the Homa Bay gov­er­nor race in 2017,” Mbadi said.

On Sun­day, gov­er­nor as­pi­rant Sammy Waki­aga told Mbadi to stop us­ing his po­si­tion to in­flu­ence the gov­er­nor race. Omuto was un­avail­able for com­ment as his phone was switched off.

“It is quite un­for­tu­nate that our lead­ers do not ap­pre­ci­ate that we are un­der a new con­sti­tu­tional dis­pen­sa­tion, where all public of­fi­cers are un­der a duty not only to up­hold the pro­vi­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion but also con­duct them­selves in an eth­i­cal man­ner while serv­ing the elec­torate,” Di­bogo says in the let­ter to the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion.

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