There are claims of growing disquiet within Lake Region Economic Bloc following a public outcry against the CEO said to be tarnishing the name of the recently launched body bringing together counties from the lake region.
The CEO, Aballah Wanga, who was at one time taken to court on accusation of stealing furniture at his former workplace, is fighting fresh allegations of wife battering.
Two senior employees of the Kenya Medical Laboratories and Technicians Board where Wanga previously worked in the same capacity moved the court with details of how he allegedly stole office furniture worth Sh128,200.
The court also heard how later he resorted to sending abusive and annoying text messages to the current CEO.
At his new workplace LREB, those familiar with his operations talk of a crooked man known for frequently painting the town red in a trail of slay queens some of whom are said to have earned jobs at the respected Lake Region Economic Bloc as dividends of their bedroom prowess.
There are also intensified talks in the streets of Kisumu city that Wanga is a wanted man after a court in Central Kenya reportedly issued an order for his arrest on unspecified claims, while those aware of the looming arrest told Weekly Citizen that he is wanted to answer charges bordering abuse of office.
According to sources the CEO kicked out his wife together with the kid in the middle of the night forcing the stranded woman to take refuge at one of their neighbour’s house though no further followup has been made regarding the matter.
When contacted as a matter of clarification on the matter, Wanga warned this writer of unspecified dire consequences if the story is published.
It has also leaked out that a senior female officer is favoured in the lucrative position following a steamy love affair with the randy CEO.
When reached for comment, the woman in question sounded shocked on learning she was talking to a journalist and in a trembling hoarse voice, she pleaded that her name should not be dragged into the matter as it would backfire on her marital status.
“I never earned my job as a result of an affair with Wanga or anyone else but on merit. You see, I’m a married woman and this thing would really look bad on me. Please, just leave me out and deal with Wanga,’’ she begged.
The unfolding drama coincides with the resignation of Governor Wycliffe Oparanya as the LREB chairman.
When he first announced his intention to relinquish the position, Oparanya cited workload pressure but inside sources indicated that the Council of Governors chair was not impressed by how things were being run at the body launched in 2015.
A highly placed source revealed how during a meeting that brought together staff of LREB Oparanya was shocked that those employed at the body were predominantly from a particular community despite the fact that the project covered over four different communities.
In the same vein, the late Joyce Laboso reportedly went to her grave a bitter person with Wanga whom she accused of running affairs at the LREB without consultations with other offices and stakeholders.
The former Bomet governor who doubled as the bloc’s vice-person was frequently heard complaining how Wanga was mismanaging things at the body through his one-man show style of operation.
Laboso was expected to raise some of the concerns in the next meeting but unfortunately, she met her death just days before the meeting that was scheduled to take place on August 1 and 2 at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology in Siaya county.
Oparanya while announcing the indefinite cancellation of the fifth summit said governors made the decision to postpone it to a later date in honour of Laboso.
Observers pointed out that it must have come as sweet news to the troubled Wanga who was headed to face the moment with egg on his office as it was coming at time hot news on claims of his arrest order and wife battering were spreading like bushfire.
The economic bloc is comprised of 14 counties namely Kisumu of Goverrnor Anyang Nyong’o, Siaya, Cornel Rasanga, Homa Bay, Cyprian Awiti, Migori, Okoth Obado, Kisii, James Ongwae, Nyamira, John Nyangarama, Kericho, Nandi, Paul Chepkwony, Bomet Stephen Sang, Trans Nzoia, Patrick Khaemba, Vihiga, Wilbur Otichillo, Kakamega, Oparanya, Bungoma, Wangamati and Busia of Sospeter Ojaamong.
The 14 counties have integrated for purposes of socio-economic development and regional prosperity.