Gov Oparanya to Splash Ksh2M for Churchill

  •  Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya is set to part with Ksh2 million as the county looks forward to hosting renown comedian Daniel Ndambuki alias, Churchill.

    A report published by People Daily, on Wednesday, January 29, reported that Kakamega County Assembly had approved the Executive's request to host Churchill Show in Kakamega Town.

    The assembly further approved a proposal to allocate Ksh15 million to construct a house for the governor, Ksh15 million to purchase his official vehicle and Ksh12 million to remodel his office.

    CoG Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya gives an address after winning elections held at MovenPick Hotel in Westlands on Monday, January 20, 2020.

    The budget, Ksh44 million shillings, was approved after a tussle between the Budget and Appropriations Committee and the County Treasury.

    The county's budget rose by over Ksh738 million above the Ksh14.9 billion budgeted in the 2019/20 appropriation.

    The devolved unit's Treasury department argued that it would fund the Kshs 738 million through on source revenue, conditional grants and county micro-financing. 

    Upon being contacted for comment, comedian Jasper Muthomi alias MC Jesse stated that he was not aware of such a plan by the county had knowledge that their sales and marketing team was looking for sponsors ahead of their planned Kakamega show.

    "We have a calendar for shows that we follow and before a show commences or is approved, we usually send our sales and marketing team to look for sponsors. We cannot have a show without sponsors.

    "But we can also change locations for our shows anytime something comes up. For example, if we had planned for Eldoret, we can relocate to Kisumu if we have to," Mc Jesse informed Kenyans.co.ke

    However, former Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale, argued that the MCAs, together with area Senator Cleophas Malala, had failed in leadership and governance.

    "Accountability and oversight failed in Kakamega. The senator went to bed with Oparanya and has failed in his oversight role. That means Oparanya can get away with any crime or anything he does," Khalwale opined while speaking with Kenyans.co.ke.

    Khalwale, who lost to Oparanya in the 2017 General Election, has a number of times expressed interest in succeeding Oparanya whose two terms come to an end in August 2022. He is expected to battle against Malala. 

    Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale addresses residents of Mumias, Kakamega County, on January 18, 2020