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Siaya negative press is sponsored. Details have emerged of an intricate plot by disgruntled elements, mostly losers in the last gubernatorial elections to tarnish the performance of current Governor James Aggrey Bob Orengo.

The negative media coverage that focuses on reporting crime and corruption cases to the detriment of development is stage-managed. DalanewsKE has also established that the same group of keyboard artists are used to forward cases (mostly without merit) to corruption investigation agencies mainly the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Upon investigation, these agencies have made at least three documented false raids either in the offices or homes of senior county government officers. On Thursday last week a similar raid was made on the offices of the Siaya County Public Service Board and no incriminating evidence whatsoever was unearthed.


Who is benefiting from this negative publicity and what is the ultimate gameplay?


The Nyalore admininistration under Governor James Aggrey Bob Orengo was targeted right from the onset as doomed to failure. The fact that it did not fail and has actually performed exceptionally well within one year in office is unsettling to people who have an agenda of succeeding him in office.

Behind this parochial narrative that Siaya is an endemic corruption zone are shadowy faces who have been fighting the doyen of Kenya’s opposition politics Raila Amollo Odinga. These people are bent on subverting and sabotaging economic growth so that the Orengo administration can be seen to be failing.

Whatever criteria they have been using to adjudge the Nyalore admininistration one must ask how a potentially dynamic county Government can be in office without helping in lowering the cost of living, eradicating poverty, creating jobs, expanding the local tax base, improving the balance of trade regime with neighbouring counties and enhancing inclusive growth where no one is left behind. To what goal would the county government structures be utilized if they did not perform this functions?

For a service board which is constitutionally empowered to employ – what is the criminal offence when the Siaya Public Service Board performs it’s mandate of employing personnel?

Now that President Dr William Samoei Ruto and Rt. Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga are subtly working together it is time the extortionist cartels that are squeezing Siaya leaders for handouts stop.

Let mainstream media give Siaya a fair deal of coverage. Apart from the abhorrent act of two policemen killed over a span of six months in Siaya are there no social and economic activities to report from this end? What other counties are being investigated by EACC for corruption yet that is not viewed as the main product of those counties?

It’s time whoever is being used by naysayers to drive the negative press on Siaya is themselves routed out and exposed for what they are — extortionists.


Editorial Tuesday 26 March 2024



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