Cornel Rasanga Biography
Cornel Rasanga was born on 22 May 1957 to the Late Senior Chief Amoth Owira and the Late Yunia Nudi in Segere Village, Alego in Siaya County. Cornel Rasanga is a Kenyan politician and the governor for Siaya County. He is a member of Orange Democratic Movement and coalition member of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy
Cornel Rasanga entered the political arena in 2013, when he vied for Governor for Siaya County. The Orange Democratic Movement selected Cornel Rasanga as the party candidate after a disputed party nomination between Oburu Odinga and Oduol. He won the 4 March general election but his election was nullified by the Court of Appeal in Kisumu on 23 August . Cornel Rasanga clinched the Governor title in a subsequent by-election and became the first governor- elect of Siaya County
Cornel Rasanga Education Background
2000 – 2003 : Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Law(LLB)
Up to 1985 : Student at Kenya Institute of Administration( KIA) , Diploma in Supplies Management
1979 – 1981 : Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi , Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree
Upto 1977 : Student at Kisii High School, A- level Secondary Education.
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1990 – 1974 : Student at Maranda High School , O-Level Secondary Education.
1963 – 1970 : Student at Segere Primary School.
Cornel Rasanga Political Position
Governor for Siaya county
Coalition Member of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy
Member of Orange Democratic Movement
Cornel Rasanga Career
In 1982, Cornel Rasanga joined the public service in Ministry of Agriculture as a supplies officer in-charge of National Agricultural laboratories.
Cornel Rasanga proceeded on to work as a Supplies officer in different districts and was promoted to Senior Procurement officer incharge of Procurement and materials management.
In 2005, he was admitted as an advocate of the High Court.
Cornel Rasanga has gained over 28 years of experience working in Public Service. He is an expert advisor in matters of public procurement. Under his direction, many organizations both in public and private sector have benefited in legal interpretation on public procurement, restructuring and streamlining procurement management.
he has served as Secretary to the District Tender Boards in various Districts including Busia, Bungoma, West Pokot and Embu where he dealt with procurement and distribution of famine relief in West Pokot and Bungoma during tribal clashes, compiled District Tender Board Minutes, prepared Budgets for District requirements in conjunction with District Development Officers for Rural Projects and undertook the implementation of projects funded by the World Bank and IFAD, UNICEF and USAID.
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At the Kenya Bureau of Standards he developed a Purchasing Quality Manual that is being used by the Institution to date and which led to his promotion to Principal Purchasing Officer. This manual led to drastic reduction in acquisition costs. He was also the Secretary to the Fast Track Committee, which led to the accreditation of Kenya Bureau of Standards Laboratories in 2000. The position involved overseeing Procurement of Equipment worth over KShs. 50 million funded by British Council.
He is reputed for carrying out various reforms in the public procurement particularly giving talks and seminars on public procurement regulations and administration to both the public sector and the private sector audiences.
Cornel Rasanga’s current strengths lie in public procurement management, legal advice on procurement, public/private sector consulting and institutional reforms. He is held in high regard on Institutional governance and Ethics
Cornel Rasanga portrait on mock paper exams
He introduced mock exams with a his portrait on it. Ministry of Education had banned zonal, sub-county and county mock exams to ease pressure among learners, adding that schools were free to offer formative assessments at the school level with no extra levies charged on parents.
He was forced to withdraw mock exams following criticism that he had overstepped the boundaries by introducing politics in educational matters. Mr Rasanga had reportedly splashed Sh1.7 million to have his image on the exam papers, raising questions about the county’s spending priorities.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i warned county governments against using learning and examination materials as campaign tools. He told governors to stop decorating examination papers with their photos, campaign messages and party colours, claiming that they were unnecessarily introducing politics in education.
Dr Matiang’i said mock examinations remained banned in all schools and that action would be taken against counties sponsoring the tests and using them to send political messages to the learners.
Cornel Rasanga on Uhuru Kenyatta portraits
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga asked his counterparts in 24 counties controlled by Cord to see to it that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s portraits are replaced with those of opposition chief Raila Odinga.Mr Rasanga said doing so would confirm their support for the Cord leader and will also be a mark of honour for Raila.
The governor said the call was relevant since “as Cord counties, Mr Odinga remains a symbol of good leadership who must be respected”.
“We only need to hang our portraits as governors and that of Raila in our offices. We don’t need the other one,” he said, adding that only courageous people can do what he had done in Siaya.
Cornel Rasanga to name road after himself because he is a hero
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga said he will name a tarmac road under construction after himself because he is a hero. He said another will be named after Fidel Odinga, the deceased son of Cord leader Raila Odinga
Rasanga added that upon completion of specific tarmacked roads, they intend to name two after Austin Omwombo and Churchill Odhiambo, who were shot dead by police during the May 23 anti-IEBC demonstrations. He said this will honour them for their bravery in fighting for the exit of the embattled IEBC commissioners.