Senator Onyonka Claims He Asked Ruto To Send GSU To Arati’s Office, Denies Truce With Governor
Written by Inka FM on 8 November 2023
The fallout amongst leaders in Kisii county is on despite National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula brokering a truce between Governor Simba Arati and Senator Richard Onyonka over the weekend.
In a press statement, Senator Onyonka has come out to deny he was paid to shake hands with Governor Arati, with whom they have publicly fallen out over alleged mismanagement of Kisii County.
Onyonka said he has no issue with Arati, but wants the governor to account for the money allocated to the county, and come up with a budget over the same.
Onyonka also wants Arati to stop falling out with everyone questioning his style of leadership, saying all the people in the county need is development and unity.
“We want our Governor to succeed in his leadership. But he cannot do that if he falls out with everyone who asks for clarity on some issues. He cannot antagonise MCAs when they ask genuine questions. He cannot fall out with other leaders from the county when they ask for clarity,” Onyonka said.
He went on to reveal that he personally approached President William Ruto and asked him to send GSU officers to Kisii county, apparently to bring sanity and order after alleged goons took over.
“Stop accusing Osoro (Silvanus, MP South Mugirango) for the GSU presence in Kisii. I personally asked the president to bring in GSU because we had a problem of people going round harassing traders and beating others,” Onyonka added.
He said he has written a letter to Arati, making his demands clear on how the county should operate, and what the governor needs to do for the benefit of the county.
Onyonka’s statement comes days after Speaker Wetangula called the two leaders to the podium and had them shake hands and vow to work together.
Wetangula said that Kisii County deserves sober leadership, urging the two to put aside their differences for the benefit of the residents.