A mass exodus of workers over alleged harassment now threatens the Kakamega county government. Iron lady Rachael Okumu, the powerful minister of agriculture, irrigation, cooperative, livestock, veterinary and fisheries is the brains behind witch-hunting. Last week, she was overheard bragging that next on the radar is Kelly Nelima and John Imbogo. Among accusations insiders level against Governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s administration include tapping into their private telephone conversations and bullying. For instance, when lands, physical planning and urban
development CECM Robert Makhanu was seized by police in Bungoma, his phone was allegedly tapped. Weekly Citizen is in possession of information that Gloria Wambani is behind espionage against CECs and chief officers and it is suspected she has the blessings of the governor. Sources claimed that the resignation of Beatrice Etemesi from the health docket is sending shivers with many praying that she does not speak out on the ills in the department.
Etemesi’s tribulations began when she refused to play ball in swindling close to Sh50 million Covid-19 cash in the name of buying nonexistent ICU beds. “The minister, despite threats refused to sign a blank cheque to the effect that the cash was to buy the beds while she was well aware that the process was prone to abuse,” a source said. Wambani who it is said is close to the governor openly brags how she can “finish” any officer as she has been mandated to secretly listen to conversations of all appointees of the governor and even some MCAs. Another officer accused of
high handedness is the county secretary Ms. Aluoch whose prosecution over the issuance of death threats was suddenly stopped. Oparanya was behind the court withdrawal. Aluoch, it is said, has taken it as her duty to pull down junior officers working in various categories in the county government. The recent reshuffle of sub-county administrators across the county has not also helped the situation, as our source claims most of them are unhappy as it was done without consultation on the distance from their homes to the work station. Back to the minister arrested by police in Bungoma for reportedly having fun with a minor at a popular hotel in the town, he blames the alleged “spy” for his troubles and further accused the police of allegedly setting him up, recording a video of the incident and uploading it on social media platforms to scandalize him.