The Star (Nairobi)

5 September 2013

Kenya: Speaker to Act As Governor for Siaya

SIAYA county assembly speaker George Okode was on Tuesday sworn in as acting governor. Okode said he will hold public briefing meetings every three weeks to inform residents on the county's financial status.

He said accountability and transparency can only be realised if the public is appraised on budgetary matters. "I will use the media and especially local FM stations to ensure residents are informed on how we spend development funds are spent," he Okode said.

He was adressing a public gathering at Siaya Municipal stadium after his swearing in. The ceremony was presided over by senior Resident Magistrate Bernard Ochai. Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, county commissioner Joseph Kimiywi and county secretary Caleb Ongoma attended the function.

His elevation follows the nullification of Cornel Rasanga's victory by a High court in Kisumu. Judge Aggrey Muchelule ruled in favor of petitioner William Oduol who argued that Rasanga was not validly elected. Gumbo said the by-election slated for October 17 should unite residents.

"Siaya County should be a leading example to the rest of other counties facing similar court predicament," he said. Gumbo said the acting governor should carerfully decide on key projects to be implimented within the next sisty days. County Commissioner Kimiywi pledged to work with the acting governor for the positive development of the County. Kimiywi asked electorates to conduct campaigns with utmost peace devoid of perpetual violence witnessed in the previous elections within the region.

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