Philemon Dony Opar, Homabay County CEC for Transport and Infrastructure, has been shot dead by unknown assailants in Kendu-Bay Town. The inci
Philemon Dony Opar, Homabay County CEC for Transport and Infrastructure, has been shot dead by unknown assailants in Kendu-Bay Town.
The incident reportedly happened this evening. He was gunned down at a petrol station during the night.
Philemon was appointed to the position in February 2019.
Spiraling Violence in the County
Less than a year ago, Homa Bay Assembly Principal Accountant Maurice Amek was also shot and wounded by gangsters at the gate of his residence.
Amek was shot in the hand and stomach in the incident at Sofia estate in Homa Bay town. The accountant was reportedly saved by neighbours who heard the gunshots.
A week ago, Kennedy Okong’o. A tutor at Omiro Vocational Training Institute, Kennedy was stabbed severally in the stomach, and is currently fighting for his life at a hospital in Kisii County.
Police reports indicate the Kasipul MP, Ongondo Were together with his aides, identified as Jerry Ouma and Lamon Okoth, drove into a hotel in the outskirts of Oyugis town, Homabay County, Sunday evening in a government Vehicle belonging to Kasipul National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) before attacking the tutor.
Okong’o is alleged to have been a supporter of the MP ahead of the 2017 general election, but later withdrew his support for the MP due to unknown reasons, which is suspected to have angered the MP and his aides.
Various leaders decried the spike in political violence taking root in a county.
The county has also been in the news following repeated allegations of wanton plunder of public resources and corruption.
Unfinished Corruption Business
The HomaBay Governor Cyprian Awiti has only recently resurfaced after a controversial supreme court ruling reinstated him. A decision which left residents feeling cheated. And which Siaya Senator James Orengo during a public meeting recently rubbed it in their face saying they influenced the ruling in favour of Awiti. A decision which has not gone down well with HomaBay residents
The Governor has only recently surfaced after “missing in action” for well over eight months. During which the County Assembly witnessed embarrassing wrangles and fist fights hampering any legislative agenda.
A damning Auditor General FY 2016-17 report further raised significant queries over the financial health of the county putting the performance of the members of the Assembly on the spot-light over their inability to effectively play their oversight role.
The County Secretary Mr Isaiah Ogwe’s high end Golden Rays Hotel valued at 800Million is a small testimony to the overnight accumulation of wealth by public servants in the county. Others include Baracuda Hotel build in a record 6 months valued at 600M by a Chief Officer – Mr Dan Lieta besides other properties in Kisumu, Migori, Eldoret and Mwanza to mention a few.
The county is certainly degenerating with stalled, incomplete and abandoned county property and projects dotted all over the county. While
the complaints of residents to various authorities go unanswered