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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Oparanya, Khalwale differ over Kakamega revenue allocation

Former Shinyalu MP and ODM aspirant Kizito Mugali (Right),ODM NEC member Ronald Ngeny(Centre) and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya during the funeral of the late former Councilor Martin Musonye in Shinyalu on Saturday./CALISTUS LUCHETU
Former Shinyalu MP and ODM aspirant Kizito Mugali (Right),ODM NEC member Ronald Ngeny(Centre) and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya during the funeral of the late former Councilor Martin Musonye in Shinyalu on Saturday./CALISTUS LUCHETU

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Senator Boni Khalwale on Saturday differed publicly over county funding.

The two differed during the burial of former councillor Martin Musonye in Shinyalu on Saturday. Khalwale is seeking to unseat Oparanya in August.

Oparanya asked Khalwale to stop lying to voters that he is the one who takes money to Kakamega county as senator. “The county will continue receiving its share of the national cake, whether Khalwale and I are there or not. Everyone knows that revenue sharing among counties is guided by a five-year formula, not an individual,” the governor said. Oparanya said Khalwale does not know what development is. “I entered politics with Khalwale, but see where I am and where he is. Who between me and him is retarded?” he asked.

Khalwale had told mourners that he brought Sh7.9 billion in 2013-14, Sh8.6 billion in 2014-15, Sh9.9 billion in 2015-16 and Sh10.5 billion in 2016-17 to Kakamega county. “Oparanya is a failure who should give way for sound governance, because he has nothing to show for the billions,” the senator said.

“The senator’s job is not to implement development programmes in counties, but to protect devolution. My job is to ensure the county receives what is due to it and to oversight usage of the funds, but I am hurt that the billions I bring here are misused.” Khalwale said he wants to replace Oparanya, saying the governor is “corrupt”.

He said throughout Oparanya’s first term, he refused to honour Senate summons to explain how his administration spend funds received from the Treasury.

Khalwale asked voters to use his performance as Ikolomani MP and Oparanya’s performance as Butere MP to rate them in August.

Oparanya also said ODM is talking to Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Rutto to join NASA.

He said NASA affiliates will compete for all elective seats, except that of the President, where all parties will back a single candidate to remove Jubilee from power.

In February, Khalwale said he will send Oparanya to jail ‘for devolving corruption’ to the county. He accused the governor of using his position to award contracts to those who funded his 2013 campaign. But Oparanya dismissed the corruption claims, saying Khalwale was using propaganda to campaign for the governor seat.


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