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Jakoyo Midiwo in tussle with Siaya governor over fraudulent lease of Yala Swamp

The MP claimed that the governor connived with the National Lands Commission, NEMA to corruptly lease 6,000 acres of Yala swamp.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 19 Sep 2016 15:49 EAT

Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga is facing a fierce verbal war with Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo over alleged fraudulent land lease in Yala Swamp to a private developer.

Midiwo alleged that Rasanga had leased the Yala swamp at Sh70 million to Godovari investment Company owned by an Asian.

The MP claimed that the governor connived with the National Lands Commission, NEMA to corruptly lease 6,000 acres of Yala swamp.

The National assembly minority deputy leader said  “There is purported to be an agreement that the farm pays Sh1.75 million yearly as cess to the County government. However this agreement that was not approved by the County assembly”.

The legislator claimed that the suspicious deal was sealed in January 15, 2015 through advocate David Odhiambo with Rasanga usurping the powers of the County secretary by approving the deal.

Midiwo tabled  documents to prove his concerns and announced that leaders from Siaya County would seek legal redress against Rasanga for the lease of Yala swamp.

“Since we have a document that Rasanga has signed to auction Yala swamp we are ready to prove him wrong that he has just been making public relations statements  daring us to produce evidence linking him to this scam” said Midiwo.

The MP challenged Rasanga to produce written documents he purports to have written to the National Lands Commission halting any further commencement of activities along the swamp pending a survey.

“We demand that the governor produces the bank accounts where the monies were deposited including the piece of land that was sold,” said Midiwo and warned that Rasanga won’t be allowed to escape from a scam of such magnitude.

Midiwo said he was ready to lose his seat as Gem MP, but ensure that Yala swamp, the home of rare birds, the rare antelope, Sitatunga and which harbors Lake Kanyaboli, the second largest OX bow lake after Lake Chad is not extinct through self-seekers.

He further tore into Rasanga claiming that the governor has failed to heed to the county assembly’s report barring the Multi billion US Dominion group from engaging in farming of sugarcane along the Yala swamp.

Midiwo added that the report led by assembly Lands committee chairman Jared Abayo, recommended that any activities including constructing a milling plant and farming sugarcane be halted until an impact assessment test is done and approved by Nema.

Rasanga while addressing the press in his office, said he has directed that no farming activities will continue along the swamp until a proper survey and assessment is done.

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