Governor Nyong’o under fire for looting donor funds

Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o of Kisumu County

The governor is alleged to be protecting “fish cartels” from Nairobi, blamed for exploiting fishermen who are forced to sell raw fish at “throwaway” prices as they are unable to preserve it

By The Weekly Vision Online

Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o the governor of Kisumu County is in the eye of a storm over the misappropriation of hundreds of millions of shillings donated by the World Bank. According to sources at the county offices the Kshs. 500m was advanced to the county situated on the shores of Lake Victoria for the setting up of fish processing plants and coolers.

The project targeted small scale fishermen who were to be advanced loans through co-operative societies for them to set up coolers and processing of fish. Instead, Nyongo is said to have, through his trade and industry CEC to diverted the cash using single-source tenders, and in the process raked in millions in kickbacks. The donor money was advanced to Kisumu under the “Blue Economy” strategic plan 2019-2021 but the project has failed to kick off as the governors’ family, close relatives and well known “wheeler-dealers” become overnight millionaires!

Senator Fred Outa claimed the governor was a “perennial drunkard and womanizer” using the cover of night to paint the town red! He is further accused of using an NGO for the less fortunate to loot Kshs. 250million which he then spent on the purchase of a bungalow in Karen, Nairobi

The governor is alleged to be protecting “fish cartels” from Nairobi, blamed for exploiting fishermen who are forced to sell raw fish at “throwaway” prices as they are unable to preserve it. Nyongo who is keen on serving a second term has been told to forget it! Angry residents warned that even if endorsed by Raila Odinga they would “reject” him! The governor was accused of “destroying homes and businesses” as the only legacy he will leave! The governor’s “Mr Fix It” Peter Ayuya, is accused of single sourcing for tenders and the process of pocketing millions in kickbacks as the county economy takes a plunge.

Nyongo’s former chief of staff Senator Fred Outa claimed the governor was a “perennial drunkard and womanizer” using the cover of night to paint the town red! He is further accused of using an NGO for the less fortunate to loot Kshs. 250million which he then spent on the purchase of a bungalow in Karen, Nairobi where some of his children live. Part of the “loot” was also used to buy top of the range vehicles.

Former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma accused Nyong’o of “hanging on Raila Odinga’s coat lapels” to secure a second term! But he said this would fail. Mr Ranguma accused the governor of running down the county economy through demolitions of homes and businesses. The regions’ poverty index, he said had soared to an all-time high as most residents scavenge for a living.

The fish industry that is supposed to be the driving engine for the “blue economy” has been hijacked by “brokers” and outsiders from Nairobi. “How come the fish cannot be processed in Kisumu and has to be transported 550 km to Nairobi?” fumed angry fishermen. They noted that the price of fish in Kisumu is higher than in Nairobi! “Something is badly wrong with this main economic mainstay of Kisumu” several fishermen declared.

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