A whistleblower has unearthed a scheme used by forty members of Siaya County Assembly and a few staff members to loot, empty public coffers in the name of allowances and per diems. The looting happened in the last days of Governor Rasanga's regime.
According to the whistleblower, the MCAs used fictitious allowance claims and per diems through the general oversight committee to to illegally award themselves the money. The MCAs are said to have paid themselves 40 days worth of allowances and per diems for meetings that never happened.
The whistleblower who was at the centre of the transactions revealed that the MCAs gobbled a total of KES 25,000,000 from public coffers in two transactions with each MCA taking home a total of KES 566,000.
The whistleblower adds that the MCAs held then governor Cornell Rasanga to ransom ( used their power to coarse) thus the governor could do nothing. The funds according to the whistleblower were pumped into campaign rallies by MCAs.
The assembly has denied the allegations with clerk Erick Ogenga saying the matter had unfortunate misinterpretations.
Source: Nation: https://epaper.nation.africa/read/release/2290 PG 12.
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