Members of Homa Bay County Assembly have constituted an ad hoc committee of five members to investigate the conduct of the county executive committee member for Tourism, Youth and Gender Affairs.
The County Executive Committee Member, Fredrick Odero is being accused of embezzling funds amounting to Sh. 9.7 Million meant for the governor’s Tournament for the financial year 2018/2019.
In a motion tabled in the County Assembly during their special sitting by MCA for Rusinga Ward Paul Okuku, he wanted Fredrick Odero to be investigated for violation of the constitution, incompetency and gross misconduct.
Okuku added that the removal of the CEC is in accordance to the law which allows the governor to drop the member in case of incompetency.
His motion was seconded by the Kendu Bay Township MCA Maurice Ogwang who also called on the committee members to ensure they do thorough investigations and come up with a report which will help them to restore the glory of the house which is tainted at the moment.
The members who were selected into the committee includes, Paul Okuku MCA Rusinga Island ward, Jessica Otieno nominated, Ellyphalet Osuri Ruma Kaksingri Ward, Maurice Ogwang Kendu Bay Township Ward and George Okello Kabuoch North Ward.
The acting speaker Edwin Kakach who is also nominated MCA appealed to members of the committee to expedite the process and submit their report to the Assembly within a period of 14 days.
The MCAs had approved Sh. 9.7 million for a sports competition in the current financial year, whereby each ward was supposed to be allocated Sh. 200,000 but the CEC only gave them Sh. 40,000.
However, the CEC had refuted those claims saying that the MCAs are overstepping their mandate and were trying to poison the minds of the public.
At the same time Odero also accused ward administrators of attempting to thwart the exercise after he refused to give them high allowances of Sh. 4000 per person everyday instead of Sh. 1500.
The tournament which was to be held in the entire month of April only lasted for three days with most players shunning the activities.
By Angeline Adisa and Davis Langat