By Anne Chebet
Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke has claimed that there are 18 construction companies which are always given construction tenders by the Bungoma County Government and that they owned by Governor Wycliffe Wangamati.
The law maker spoke during a talk show in one of the local radio stations today and said 18 out of the more than 200 companies dealing with construction, they are owned by the governor and his close friends.
“Local contractors will not benefit from his leadership since it seems he is after benefiting himself. He wants to get his money back he used during campaigns before considering other Kenyans,” he claimed.
The MP promised to reveal the directors of the said companies later.
He added that the governor is using tax payers’ money to benefit himself and his allies instead of empowering the citizens who elected him into office.
“Bungoma citizens were ‘conned’ by Ford Kenya party into electing a businessman who has never worked with any government. He does not understand how the government operates and that is why we are not seeing any development in the county two years after his election,” said the MP.
The legislator declared his bid to vie for Bungoma gubernatorial seat, saying he has been a civil servant and best suited to change the outlook of Bungoma County.
Waluke had earlier had earlier condemned Wangamati for planning arrests of MCAs who oppose his style of ruling.
Earlier this month, Wangamati had dismissed the MP, terming him as an unworthy competitor for gubernatorial race.
The governor stated that if Jubilee presents Waluke for campaigns, he will not campaign, but instead find a comfort zone, sleep and wait for results which he believes he will win.
Bungoma county government has been heavily criticized of corruption by residents despite promises by the governor to fight corruption and ensure fair distribution of resources.
In October 2018, the vetting of chief officers was temporarily stopped by the constitution and human rights division of the high court in Bungoma since the appointments were considered illegal, unprocedurally and unconstitutional.
In September the same year, the Bongomek community residing in Bungoma petitioned the appointments of chief officers claiming to have been excluded as a community.
After a successful appointment and swearing of the chief officers later on, the governor warned them against corruption and embezzlement of county funds. He asked them to be accountable and serve citizens as they deserve.