Contractors defend Governor Ongwae over a Petition filed to senate accusing him of corruption

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Kisii Contractors Association has rubbished a Nyamira County activist Reuben Akuma Mageuzi who petitioned the Kisii County Governor James Ongwae at the Senate over the state of Corruption in Kisii County.

In his petition, Mageuzi alleges that there has been noncompliance with mandatory provisions for the public procurement and asset disposal act and corruption in the tendering process, there has been irregular recruitment processes where personal staff have been recruited without proof of academic and professional qualifications as required by the law, the County Government has allegedly failed to deliver civic education and conduct public participation and public policy matters, Kisii County Government has obstructed access to information pursuant to article Five of the constitution of Kenya, there has been failure to involve the members of county economic budget forum in decision making as required pursuant to section 137 of the public finance management act 2012.

The Association’s General Secretary Hoffman Ondieki has termed the petition as malicious fueled by critics who were muscled and defeated during the Bonchari By-election last month.

“Mageuzi should first deal with challenges facing Nyamira. We know he has been paid by people who lost the Bonchari By-election. We know how much he was paid by the late Nyagarama when he petitioned him. We know he is seeking attention and we are yet to expose him,” he said.

Ken Mariera the chairman asked the Senate to ignore such petitions filed by people who want handouts saying as the first Governor, Ongwae has changed Kisii County and has done well in terms of development.

“The Senate legal minds like Okong’o Omogeni, James Orengo, and others should first investigate Mageuzi. He lives on handouts and we know who funded him. We know his motive. Nyamira has serious issues to deal with like appointing a Deputy Governor. We ask him to cease from dirty funded politics,” Said Mariera

Early last year Mageuzi petitioned former Nyamira Governor late John Nyagarama on corruption-related issues but failed to appear before the senate when he was invited.

He sent a notice to withdraw the petition citing his issues had been addressed to his satisfaction by the Governor.

The senate however vowed to handle Mageuzi’s concerns on Kisii County with the seriousness they deserve. They promised to dig into the matter so that justice is served to the petitioner.