Siaya governor Cornel Rasanga has confirmed the fears of many especially camp Ruto that the war on corruption is arbitrary and selective. Governor Rasanga surprised crowds this week after saying that a call to Raila saved him from the pangs of the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji, who was planning to arrest him over graft.
Speaking in Awendo, Migori county, Rasanga openly bragged how he touched down from Canada and walked freely out of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport despite a prosecution order.
“When I was in Canada on an errand for Raila, I received news that I was to be arrested at the airport, after calling Baba (Raila), things were cleared and I majestically passed through the airport,” said Rasanga.
The governor’s utterances seem to be targeted at Governor Okoth Obado who is currently in prison remand over murder charges. Obado’s supporters have vowed to teach baba a lesson by voting in Eddy Oketch Muok as Migori senator in what they see as Raila’s open bias towards their governor. Raila has said openly he will not intervene in the murder case but readily came out to rescue Rasanga who was to be arrested.
Governor is facing graft charges, he is accused of paying air tickets for friends and family members using taxpayers money.
It is alleged that he paid business class tickets for his wife, Rosalia (Ksh5 million), as well as a mix of economy class and first class tickets for his son and four daughters on several occasions.
Recently, the governor appointed Raila’s nephew Jaoko Oburu to the County Executive Committee. Jaoko is the first born son of Hon Dr Oburu Odinga the EALA MP
Auditor General Edward Ouko has also listed Rasanga in the most wanted over misuse of public resources, the AG latest report says Siaya County spent Ksh141 million without following the law and entered into procurement deals through single sourcing for services like insurance and internet provision.
Governor Rasanga is also accused of disregarding procurement laws, and irregularly awarding a tender to construct a pre-fabricated building valued at KSh22.5 million at the county headquarters.
Detectives have camped in Siaya county to probe the graft allegations, but it has raised eyebrows why the Rasanga has not faced the full force of the law, despite rampant corruption being unearthed in the county. Well, Rasanga himself has confirmed DPP Noordin Haji is a user friendly prosecutor and takes orders from powerful politicians like Raila.
ODPP is an independent office and DPP himself has assured Kenyans that he is independent in his duties.