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Corrupt Kisumu County Public Service Board CEO exposed – Weekly Citizen

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A suspected fraudulent conspiracy between Kisumu governor Prof. Anyang Nyongo and county public service board CEO Hesbon Hongo to execute multi million shilling corrupt deals   has been exposed.

Inside sources told Weekly Citizen that Hongo is using his crude political connections and deep roots in the perceived moneyed docket to blackmail the governor.

There are concerns that Hongo who dubiously secured his job during the former governor Jack Ranguma’s regime has refused to vacate the office despite the fact that his time has expired.

Consequently, whistleblowers of his dark operations have appealed to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to launch investigations aimed at establishing circumstances that have prompted the officer to overstay in that particular position.

EACC boss Mbarak

Many are questioning why his continued withdrawal of salaries and allowances even after his term in the office ended 5 years ago.

However, Weekly Citizen has established that there’s a plot between Hongo and the governor to interfere with recruitment exercises in perceived lucrative positions in the County.

Sources revealed that in November, the two had a secret dinner meeting at the governor’s Seme residence where they fraudulently arranged how to position Nyongo’s preferred candidates in the recently advertised jobs for chief officers and directors.

The officer also reportedly used the nocturnal meeting to bargain for his future placement at the recently established Kisumu County Revenue Authority, well aware that his term at the public service board had expired.

It’s also emerging that Nyong’o who hails from Seme Sub County strategically chose to retain Hongo, said to be his village mate, as the CEO of the board with the aim of helping the governor to conduct a smooth transition of staff from the previous administration headed by Ranguma.

Ranguma

Hongo in his own confession has repeatedly narrated to all and sundry how the former governor, Ranguma, picked him from Chemelil sugar factory to offer him a lucrative job at the County government.

According to reliable sources, Hongo and Nyongo have worked on a harmonized list of preferred chief officers and directors that the governor has ostensibly instructed him to work with.

The action has reduced the advertisement process as a matter of formality while those earmarked for the jobs are already known, something that appears not to be going down well with local activists.

Our undercover team is in possession of a damning recorded conversation between Hongo and Seme North MCA Millicent Omuya in which they shared details of how the CEO’s meeting with the governor was to be put into action.

Despite his office, Hongo is said to be heavily engaged in local politics and this was exposed recently when he bitterly campaigned against former majority leader Samuel Onyango Ong’ow while supporting Elisha Oraro during the hotly contested county assembly speaker position.

Omuya had previously declared her undying support for Ong’ow but was cajoled at the last minute by Hongo to vote for Oraro.

It’s not immediately clear what prompted the current hatred Hongo has towards Ong’ow, despite the fact that it’s Ong’ow who introduced him and persuaded Ranguma to uproot him from ailing Chemilil sugar factory, to the lucrative position at the county government.

According to sources, on the material day that voting for speaker’s position was conducted, Hongo was strategically placed at the public gallery of the assembly to blackmail MCA Omuya, who previously served as his personal secretary ahead of venturing in politics.

Omuya later made a confession to the effect the man instilled fear in him and even threatened to expose some of the dirty things she did during her time as the secretary.

However, when contacted for comments, Hongo was quick to conclude that he was politically being fought by people in Nyong’o’s camp who still believe that he was spying for former governor Ranguma.



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