Take ac­tion to end graft, step aside if men­tioned, Ruth says

The Kisumu county assem­bly re­cently re­quested the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion to con­duct a foren­sic au­dit into mis­use of Ward De­vel­op­ment Fund

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Kisumu Deputy Gover­nor Ruth Odinga has urged those linked to cor­rup­tion to step aside.

She said cor­rup­tion must be fought from the na­tional gov­ern­ment down to the coun­ties.

“The na­tional gov­ern­ment aims to en­sure cor­rup­tion is erad­i­cated. Don’t say Sh300 mil­lion has been mis­used in Kisumu and do noth­ing about it,” Odinga said.

She said the county must play its role in de­ter­ing cor­rup­tion. Odinga said some county of­fi­cials have re- fused to step aside for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The county assem­bly re­cently re­quested the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion to con­duct a foren­sic au­dit into mis­use, abuse of of­fice and fraud in the Ward De­vel­op­ment Fund.

The assem­bly, in a let­ter to county sec­re­tary Humphrey Nak­itare, no­ti­fied him that five gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, who are sig­na­to­ries to the fund, will be in­ves­ti­gated.

They are ex­pected to step aside or be sus­pended un­til in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted.

The of­fi­cers in­clude chair­per­son Cephas Kasera (Fi­nance chief of­fi­cer), fund ad­min­is­tra­tor Ge­orge Any­onga (Eco­nomic Plan­ning chief of­fi­cer), mem­ber Sa­muel On­dola (Trans­port chief of­fi­cer), mem­ber Ja­cob Muga (Wa­ter chief of­fi­cre) and mem­ber Lil­ian Ogombo (En­ergy chief of­fi­cer).

“If you know you have been men­tioned in any cor­rup­tion case, even by the assem­bly, you should step aside,” Odinga said in Ojola, Kisumu West, on Thurs­day last week.

She urged res­i­dents not to keep quiet when cor­rup­tion is re­ported and en­gage lead­ers to en­sure ac­tion is taken.

But Kisumu West MCA Paul Od­hi­ambo on Oc­to­ber 1 said he was kid­napped be­cause of his stance against cor­rup­tion. The MCA said he was kid­napped be­cause of his open crit­i­cism of Kisumu county gov­ern­ment.

/ MAU­RICE ALAL

Kisumu Deputy Gover­nor Ruth Odinga and Gover­nor Jack Ranguma dur­ing Trans­form Kisumu fo­rum on Fe­bru­ary 29

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