The war of words between Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and outgoing Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has intensified with the outspoken legislator now daring the county boss to account for Sh70 billion the devolved unit has received in the last 10 years.
Sudi, who has fallen out with Mandago over the latter’s senatorial ambition, said with the Sh100 million annual allocation to the National Government Constituencies Development Fund, he has a lot to show compared to the county.
“Before vying for the senatorial seat, Mandago has a lot to explain to the people what he has done at home,” Sudi said during a morning radio talk show on Kass FM yesterday.
He faulted Mandago’s administration for the planned purchase of the National Bank Building in Eldoret town to a tune of Sh100 million, which he said would have amounted to misuse of taxpayers’ money.
Ward Reps recently quashed the plan and instead allocated the funds to other critical services. MCAs y argued that there are departments like Roads that needed additional resources.
Preferred leaders Sudi at the same time criticised the heckling of leaders that was witnessed during the just-concluded tour of Deputy President William Ruto tour of Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties.
Among politicians who were booed were Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and his Kesses counterpart Swarup Mishra.
“The heckling is, however, a wake up call to them. They still have a chance to redeem themselves before next year’s election,” Sudi said.
Mandago had, however, told off the MP, saying he should focus on the affairs of his constituency.
He accused Sudi of fuelling political intolerance. “Even the Deputy President himself has often said that voters will elect their preferred leaders for various seats.
Who is Sudi to dictate us?” posed Mandago. Mandago said his experience as a two-term county boss has prepared him adequately to legislate policies for the welfare of the county at the Senate.