Trans Nzoia County government is on the spot for denying the public and other stakeholders key information regarding projects and general running of the government.
This comes as Journalists decry threats and intimidation from senior County government officials as they unearth corruption and mismanagement of public resources
The shadowy governor Patrick Khaemba is on his second term at the helm of the devolved government and has been cited severally as a looter.
Kitale town for example still looks like it did 20 years ago, no major development including roads can be seen to have improved.
Cnyakundi.com has documented how the first lady, there are three of them, have used their position to loot, scam and squeeze fledglng businesses in the county.
Bodaboda riders have suffered much under Lydia Khaemba, the second wife of the governor.
If you ask a resident of Trans Nzoia if there’s anything the governor has been doing since 2013, they’ll tell you he keep adding wives.
Crimes against Trans Nzoians
In 2019, Ksh700,000,000 Public Funds was looted in Trans Nzoia County and channeled to ‘Powerful individuals’ accounts, a private investigations revealed.
The county officials paid themselves over Ksh700 Million and channeled through certain individual’s accounts. This was done in collaboration with Equity Bank on undisclosed account operated by certain powerful individuals.
On a single day, on 2nd January 2018, the total payment of about Ksh215 Million from an Equity Bank account was made to individuals without any deliverables. This same account was used to make illegal payments of Ksh21 Million on 4th August 2017 and Ksh65 Million on 3rd December 2017. This illegality was committed on several occasions where hundreds of millions were syphoned from this Equity Account to individual’s accounts.
To beat the daily bank withdrawal limit of Ksh1 Million set by Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), these individuals withdrew cash on 30 th November, 2017 in tranches of approximately Ksh 900,000 over 80 times, totaling to about Ksh72 Million.
In 2019, bodaboda riders wrote a complaint accusing the first lady Lydia Khaemba of extortion. They claim that there’s a gang that answers to her directly. The gang arrests them on flimy charges and ask for exorbitant fees.
The riders says that whenever they’re arrested the rogue gang led by someone by name Ombima charges them between Ksh20k and Sh30k fine, there is no limit to or on how much you should pay.
In 2019, a women sacco accused the first lady of misappropriating funds. In 2017, the Trans Nzoia Women Sacco had over Ksh22 million.
The Sacco was supposed to offer loans to Registered groups. The initiative was meant to empower registered Women groups by giving them loans.
But instead of giving loans to Registered groups, money is channeled to individual accounts.
On 5 March 2019, The Sacco money, 300K was transferred to Account number 1123827966 KCB Eldoret Branch, account belongs to the County Secretary Pius Munialo. Munialo is among the people involved in looting Sacco.
On 18/2/2017, Ksh1.4 million was stolen by the governor’s second wife Lydia Khaemba. She used this money to buy a Mercedes Benz.
So far the Sacco can’t account for Ksh22 million shillings.
Corruption in this county stinks to high heaven and must be because the MCAs have also been compromised. There’s not MCA who can start the process of impeaching this guy.
Why is the senator of Trans Nzoia silent?
Why is EACC silent?
Why is Media Council of Kenya silent when journalists are being threatened?
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