Former Migori MCA Joshua Ong’oma has narrated how he blew Ksh5 million in the months leading to the 2022 General Election.
While speaking to the media, Ong’oma recalled spending the money on building houses for each of his three wives, which cost Ksh2.5 million and lavish spending during trips abroad.
He explained that he had to live up to the name of a Member of the County Assembly and did not want to taint his image to the Migori residents.
“After receiving Ksh5 million, I began to think about what I would do with the amount. Since I was an MCA I wondered what people would say when they visited my residence and find a poorly constructed house. So I was stuck on whether to build or buy a house. At last, I decided to build a house,” he said.
A photo of Toyota Wish model.
He decided to construct a house, valued at Ksh1 million for his first wife. However, after the estimates were calculated, the house valuation increased to Ksh2 million.
“I had a second wife, and decided to also build her a house as it would not be fair to leave her out, I used Ksh800,000 to build her a house.”
To match what he had done for his two wives, he also built a house for his third wife, spending over Ksh2.5 million on the three houses.
Additionally, he decided to buy a car, a Toyota Wish model, to add to his image. He would also purchase clothing, and furnish the three houses among other things.
He later realised that he had no money left in the bank due to the funds he had spent. Upon realising that the elections were fast approaching and he sought to defend his seat, Ong’oma took a Ksh300,000 loan to fund his campaigns and used his vehicle as collateral.
“I told myself that the amount (Ksh300,000) was little hence I would pay with ease. After paying part of the debt and when elections was almost approaching, I became overwhelmed in paying the debt, I realised that my vehicle was at risk because I had given them the log book. I ended up losing the car,” he explained.
Despite this, he felt confident that he would recover the money if he would retain his seat in the 2022 Election. He, however, lost the seat to the Orange Democratic Movement’s candidate Simon Nyaoke.
Kenyans taking part in 2022 general election.