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Homa Bay governor on the spot as chief officer fears for her life over corruption

“These are corrupt people in the executive who are notorious for corruption at the expense of service delivery to the people. They are pushing Ms. Agwa to help them execute their dirty tricks which she has refused to,” Mr Gaya said at a press conference in Homa Bay town.

By Samuel OwidaFriday, 11 Nov 2016 18:06 EAT

Governor Cyprian Awiti: Corruption cartels operate unchecked under his nose.

A chief officer in Homa Bay County Government fears for her life after allegedly receiving threatening phone calls from 'goons' hired by her colleagues who serve in the same government. Ms. Marylyn Agwa, who is the accounting officer for Water and Environment, has expressed fears for her life after she allegedly refused to give in to underhand deals by corruption cartels that have now vowed to eliminate her lest they lose multimillion shilling deals which have been established to be conduits for siphoning public funds.

Ms Agwa's plight has astonished the entire staff of the county government and elected leaders. The Member of County Assembly for Central Karachuonyo ward Mr Julius Gaya addressed a press conference in Homa Bay and blamed a group of officers who man the county treasury for the threats on Ms. Agwa's life. Mr Gaya laid the blame for the officer's woes in the water docket on the corruption 'cartels' whom he accused of defrauding the public through their shady deals and consequently denting the image of the county government.

“These are corrupt people in the executive who are notorious for corruption at the expense of service delivery to the people. They are pushing Ms. Agwa to help them execute their dirty tricks which she has refused to,” Mr Gaya said at a press conference in Homa Bay town, referring to the vast corruption networks at the county government believed to enjoy the support of Governor Cyprian Awiti's top aides.

Ms Agwa, who has gone underground, has categorically accused the said cartels of putting a lot of demands beyond what the law and procurement procedures allow. She recorded a statement at Homa Bay Police Station last week. According to well-placed sources, the official has known no peace since the March 2016 reshuffle which saw some members of the executive committee and chief officers moved as others swapped places.

County Police Commandant Mr John Omusanga confirmed the report to the Kenya Free Press and said the police have launched investigations to unravel matter. When contacted for comment, the Executive Member in charge of Water and Environment Mrs Beatrice Ogola expressed shock saying she had not understood the matter. The political advisor to the governor Mr. Isaiah Alaka equally expressed dismay but added that the matter was in the hands of police for investigation.

The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Homa Bay County





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