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Omogeni calls on the President to help restore trust in the institutional office

Monday, July 8th, 2024 06:00 | By
Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni. PHOTO/Print

Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni (above) has asked President William Ruto to restore respectability and trust in the Presidency.

The Senior Counsel stated that public trust in the Presidency is at its lowest, adding that if you listened to the X Space even when the President was answering questions, the responses were that they could not trust him.

 “The biggest challenge is to win back the public trust. Public trust in the President is at its lowest. We urge the President to begin by respecting the Constitution. Let him begin there. He can go for low-hanging fruits. We have seen what the Gen Zs have been posting on social media. The major attack is on how the President has exercised power. That is the problem. If we do not acknowledge that as a House, we will not be able to solve the challenges we are facing,” said Omogeni.

 While debating the State of the Nation motion on the floor of the Senate, the Nyamira lawmaker charged that the President has not allowed Parliament - to carry out its duties as an independent institution.

“Most of these unpopular legislations that triggered these demonstrations were pushed through the two Houses. There is the Affordable Housing Bill that created the now Affordable Housing Act. It was pushed through. If we had adopted a bipartisan approach, we would have made that law less punitive to Kenyans,” said Omogeni.

He argued that the young professionals the doctors, lawyers, and even those who work for Parliament are crying about an invasion on their payslips. On the issue of corruption, Omogeni welcomed the idea of having a radical surgery on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

While using Nyamira as his example to demonstrate the rot in the agency, Omogeni claimed that in the runner-up to elections in August 2022, just, Nyamira Governor Amos Nyaribo, unilaterally paid himself to his account Sh6.573million. According to Omogeni, when the EACC was summoned to Nyamira, instead of recording a statement and taking that Gov[1]ernor to court, they got money from him and told him that they could agree he refund that money quietly.

 “What a shame! How can that be from a body that is supposed to be fighting corruption?. What stops another officer in the County Government of Nyamira from paying himself when the EACC goes there, he will say but you did that to the Governor. We also want a settlement.”

He went on: “Governor Amos Nyaribo should have been arrested, arraigned before a court of law, and a conviction given by the courts.

 That is the only way you can send a message that you are intent on fighting corruption.” Omogeni did not stop there, he further claimed that there was another case of officers within the County Government of Nyamira who hatched a scheme to siphon money from the public coffer  

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