In March 2019, reports emerged that Kisii County Governor James Ongwae had suspended Sports Minister Duke Mainga. The county boss did not issue a statement regarding the claims. The suspension is believed to have been done secretly. 

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At the same time, Mainga dismissed reports that he had been suspended. This situation resulted in confusion among residents. 

As a result, Hivisasa through Dennis Chacha, a Kisii based writer decided to seek the truth. The writer tried to get a comment from the county but he was unsuccessful. Chacha resorted to seeking the opinion of local residents who had mixed reactions regarding the news. 

Chacha managed to publish a story with views from the residents. The story was shared on various online platforms where it elicited reactions considering that Mainga is a popular figure in the county. The residents wanted to governor to come clean and explain the issue.

With mounting pressure, the governor issued a statement indicating that the CEC was suspended over misconduct.  The governor stated that the CEC had been suspended not sacked.  The suspension resulted from how the minister managed the newly revamped Gusii stadium. 

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