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Graft-ridden Kisumu finance office on spot – Weekly Citizen

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Kisumu county has sinking in deep-rooted corruption in its management systems. The now limping county a place where Jesus is yet to visit as a county has been crying for development for years in terms infrastructural development, communication and security apparatus has, however, in its ranks some dishonourable CECs.
One such CEC is Nerry Achar who is said to be the man with a big office but a small role.
As the county finance minister, residents say that he is not exercising his functions independently, rather he is working as a proxy or stooge of the governor’s wife, Dorothy. It is said that he receives policy directions from Governor Anyang Nyong’o for implementation only to make an about turn to inform Dorothy who then adjusts or reverses the policy at will.
Achar owes his clout to being one of Nyong’os campaigners but there are complaints that he is running down the county owing to being more loyal to Nyong’o’s wife than Nyong’o.

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Achar, it is claimed, is deeply entrenched in one aspect of corruption or the other, social misconduct and economic crime contrary to the Public and state Officers Ethics Act as well as county government Act of 2012.
Achar minted millions of shillings on road tenders done in Kisumu where his companies received payment to his personal bank account but in some cases he used other contractors whose companies he is associated with to get payment on projects which were actually not done, it is claimed.
Achar allegedly robbed and siphoned a company’s funds and individuals where he used his skills as a finance graduate and how he catapulted himself to be in the CEC finance remains cloudy. He is reported to have completed his first degree in the university as electrical engineer and this is the man who claims to be a crusader against corruption. Achar is the third person in this unholy trinity. He is said to be a man with a big office but a small role.
As the finance minister, observers say that he is not exercising his functions independently rather they stress he is working as a vestige, proxy or stooge of Dorothy. for instance he receives policy directions from Nyong’o for implementation only to make an about turn to inform Dorothy who then adjust or reverse them at will.
Although in the most enviable position of finance minister, Achar owes his clout from being diligent as one of the Nyong’os campaigners, there are complaints that he is running down the county owing to being more loyal to Nyong’o’s wife than Nyong’o.
His closeness with Nyong’o goes for decades as a financier and adopted son which made him to be influential. He wields immense power in the running of the affairs of Kisumu county.
He used his position as CEC and confidant of Governor Nyong’o to push for appointments and get lucrative tenders from the county government of Kisumu. During that period his pocket was always full and he could spend a minimum of Sh100,000 between Monday to Friday while over the weekend alone, he could spend almost Sh500,000 in merry making and in alcohol.
Achar has found his tables turned against him after unceremonious impeachment.
His hypocritical actions and stage management to win the MCAs’ sympathy did not work well after MCAs who have been for a long time accused of Achar of hypocritical actions and stage management to win the public sympathy portraying himself as real crusader against corruption and social injustice but in real sense is simply focusing on his personal selfish interest used their last seven inch nail to his coffin.
Even after bribing seven most hungry MCAs and hiring a battery of heavily built men to cause mayhem inside the assembly, Achar was sent home and has to hang his boots and give room for a new broom to sweep clean.
On focus now is the Sh150 million released as impress in his office but that went missing. They want Achar to explain how this was spent on entertainment. This has exposed Nyong’o’s weakness leaving him hanging at the top. In fact this kind of inefficiency has raised questions as to who exactly is running the county.

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Professional mourners,pickpockets invade Moi funeral service at parliament – Weekly Citizen

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Professional mourners and pickpockets are having a field day as thousands of Kenyans present themselves at the parliament grounds to view the body of the late retired President Daniel Moi.

The heavy presence of professional mourners, pickpockets is expected to be a security concerns for the next three days and would probably climax on Tuesday when the body would be taken to Nyayo stadium, the venue of the National Memorial Service.

Thousands of Kenyans on Saturday morning formed long queues along the City Hall Way waiting to enter Parliament grounds to view the body.

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Mzee Moi  body was ferried to Parliament grounds on a military truck with his casket was draped with the Kenyan flag as it made its way from the Lee Funeral Home to through Valley Road.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta made their way to Parliament at around 10:20am and were the first people to view the body.

The Deputy President and other dignitaries also got a chance to view the body before members of the public were allowed to proceed.

 

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Kisumu bodas call for demos against Governor Nyong’o – Weekly Citizen

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A section of boda boda operators in Kisumu county has vowed to vote against Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o come 2022 should he defend his seat.

The riders have lambasted the governor of not living to his promise of not taxing them as one of his campaign pledges in 2017 when he was seeking to wrestle the seat from then Governor Jack Ranguma.

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They are now planning a demonstration on February 14 as his Valentine’s gift. They have invited Senator Fred Outa to grace the occasion.

Nyong’o during his campaign trails told the boda b oda operators on several occasions that he was not for introducing any tax to them or evicting them from Kisumu central business district as claimed by a section of Nyong’o’s, opponents who were equally campaigning on a platform that if elected as governor, he would drive the boda boda away from the city center.

Nyong’o even coined a song titled “Jamriambo” meaning a liar, while telling the public that those opponents propagating that he would chase away the boda boda operators from the CBD were liars who had nothing to offer for the electorates.

Addressing the press in Kisumu to register their predicament over the move by the county government to tax them Sh500 every month per boda boda operator, they said the county government is not offering them any tangible service that warrants it to charge tax.

The operators claim that they have just been victims of circumstances and have been caught between the political storm pitting the governor and some Kisumu county political leaders on the other.

They claim that after the Kisumu county women representative Rosa Buyu came up with a project to help the boda boda riders uplift their livelihoods by providing them with motorbikes while only paying Sh25,000 and the boda boda rider was to pay Sh300 daily and in the end after making the entire payment would later possess the motorbike for good.

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This move is said to have made the governor panic thinking that this was a ploy to score politically by those whom had fallen out with him politically in what was known as Team Kali which was his campaign team ahead of 2017 general election.

It is against this that the governor is said to have crafted ways of wanting to tax the boda boda operators with an aim of chasing them from the CBD should they fail to comply with the law.

A number of Team Kali campaigners who stuck with the governor and are now out and they include Outa who is the governor’s mentor turned tormentor, former chief of staff Ouya Kalausi among others.

They disagreed with Nyong’o after he was accused of mismanaging the county affairs where Senator Outa during the funeral service of the six youths from Nyando who were brutally murdered in Bumala in Busia county in November last year told the governor to his face that he was sleeping on the job while cartels were plundering the county coffers dry with impunity.

The boda boda operators have vowed to teach the governor a lesson come elections where he is expected to defend his seat.

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Kisumu bar owners furious over KBL faulty beer coolers – Weekly Citizen

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Bar owners in Kisumu and its environs now plot a boycott against Kenya Breweries Limited products over what they term as poor customer service that has seen faulty fridges dumped in the region.
Some of the bar owners while narrating their ordeal to Weekly Citizen pointed that most fridges supplied in the region are faulty and rarely operates for two months before breaking down after each repair service.
They noted that the development had impacted negatively on sales as most customers prefer cold beer.
A spot check by our under cover team in Kisumu revealed that KBL fridges in most entertainment joints at the Lakeside city have been abandoned and empty.
Kenya Breweries Limited competitors are said to be harvesting bountifully from the fridge crisis that has hit Kisumu as a number of customers rapidly shift their loyalty to other brands Sierra, Heinken, among others from the neighbouring Ugansda served in modern reliable fridges.

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Similarly, management of once top joints in the City, Club Barcadia and Janam had bitterly complained following an awful experience with KBL fridges before they respectively closed doors.
However independent investigations point that the experience could be a result of what’s suspected to be a questionable deal between crook officials within KBL and local contractors responsible for repair of fridges in the region.
The bar owners have demanded immediate intervention from the company’s top management intervention to arrest the matter before it spiraled out of control.

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