Governor Threatens to sue Legislators over Corruption Claims

By Philip Onyango

Siaya Governor  Cornel Rasanga  has  threatened to sue area  members of parliament for linking his government to corruption in their campaign rallies.

Mr. Rasanga defended his record as clean arguing that he has never been charged in court over corruption allegations and challenged his opponents to engage in mature campaigns.

The governor, who was addressing a public rally at Madiany in Rarieda constituency Saturday, at the same time challenged his competitor, Nicholas Gumbo who is the Rarieda MP  to come clean over the corruption allegations he has been blaming him for while campaigning for the gubernatorial seat.

Rasanga said that he had tolerated enough of accusations from his opponents whom he challenged to stop mudslinging his name or risk facing the courts to justify their claims.

He said that Gumbo, as the chair of the public accounts committee was not genuine in mudslinging him over corruption adding that with the legislator’s position, he would have summoned him (Rasanga) to answer to corruption allegations.

“If he is genuine, why hasn’t he summoned me as the chair of the public accounts committee to answer to the corruption allegations?” he posed.

Rasanga said he has taken enough of the accusations and warned his opponents to engage in mature campaigns, devoid of hatred and propaganda.

He said that contrary to the accusations that his regime had presided over massive plunder of public resources, several projects, among them construction of early childhood development centres and solar lighting of markets have been achieved and urged Siaya residents to support him during the orange democratic movement nominations slated for April 13,2017.

Gumbo who has declared interest in the Siaya gubernatorial position has, together with Bondo MP, Gideon Ochanda and Gem legislator, Jakoyo Midiwo, been accusing Rasanga of presiding over a corrupt regime that has given Siaya county residents a raw deal since the advent of devolution.


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