A few weeks ago, goons
attacked Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo’s convoy in Siaya and damaged his car. One person
was injured. However, what was interesting was how Midiwo was quick to blame
Governor Cornell Rasanga over the attack even before establishing the facts.
Thus the question begs;
why was Midiwo convinced that the governor sent goons to attack him? It is not
lost on us that Midiwo and Rasanga have not been the best of friends. Midiwo
has always attacked the governor and will always find reasons to disparage him.
Midiwo does not seem to
appreciate anything Rasanga does, and the idea is to discredit the governor
ahead of next year’s elections. The MP is opposed to a plan by Rasanga to build
a Sh100 million university in the county, and even accused the governor of
illegally allocating funds to the proposed Barack Obama University. Midiwo
argued the function fell under the national government.
The legislator also
alleged that the university, to be put up at Siaya Agricultural Training
Centre, was a private project, and wondered why it was being funded by public
money. Rasanga has denied this claim. However, everyone would have thought
Midiwo would support the initiative as it will benefit locals. It is obvious
that the MP is envious of the governor.
It is not also true that
farmers will lose out as the new university will continue offering agricultural
courses. Besides taking higher learning to the people, the university will also
provide locals with links to other universities in the world. For instance,
Florida University in the US has promised to donate equipment to the county,
but could only do so through a university based in the county.
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Midiwo should allow the
governor to do his job and wait for elections to fight him at the ballot box.