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.
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.