A storm is brewing in Bungoma county department of water, tourism and environment after the county executive member in charge of the department illegally procured a drilling rig for Sh70 million with a cool Sh10 million mark up. The same rig was bought by the West Pokot county government at Sh60 million. Speaking to Weekly Citizen in Bungoma town, a source who wished not to be named for fear victimization particularly accused the CEC in charge of water, tourism and environment, Renson Makheti, for contravening procurement rules and regulations. The Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati inner circle claimed that Makheti has never initiated any project of his own and his docket, this time halfway through the tenure to report home about. The governor said a reliable source must do something now to salvage his apparent dwindling fortunes as a result of some of his ministers-executive committee members who are a big led down to Bungoma residents. Documents reveal cases in point touching on the CEC involvement in corruption whereby Koica project, a South Korean donor agency doing a project at the slopes of Mt Elgon have been complaining that the said Makheti has been pushing them to oil his hands in order for him to pursue the government water licensing firm Warma to give them a certificate. Also, the minister has been accused of misappropriating over Sh4 million meant to construct water projects in Sitikho and Bokoli ward in Webuye West constituency. It is alleged that the matter dragged on for so long that it took last-minute intervention by the governor himself to obtain the document leading to unjustified delays. He is also accused of sexual harassment because he seems to have a unique lust and appetite for opposite sex namely young girls working in his ministry and has gone out of the way to allocate official duties to junior staff to carry out responsibilities of their seniors merely because they are women.
For instance, sources reveal his personal assistant and the procurement officer who is someone else wife was impregnated in suspicious circumstances through his illicit relationship. As a result of Makheti’s escapades, Bungoma has been unable to host Miss Tourism Pageant because traditionally, the previous Miss Tourism is normally charged with the responsibility of planning the same in collaboration with ministry officials. However, his love for young girls has confused issues to the extent that nothing is working at all. Pressure is mounting on Bungoma governor Wangamati to shake up his cabinet before things get out of control as corruption, mismanagement and squander of public resources is rampant. Following this laxity by the accused CEC, MCAs are up in arms against the governor to the extent that they have been targeting him for impeachment. Top in the league of the MCAs who are pursuing the governor as a result of Makheti’s shortcomings is the Tuuti/Marakarau MCA Joseph Nyongesa who is particularly concerned about water which he claims is a key and essential commodity for all citizens, hence the MCA’s demand that Makheti be removed altogether from that docket or moved to another one