15 May 2012

Kenya: Gilgil Demo Over CDF

THE residents of Gilgil have come to the defence of their MP over the National Taxpayers Association report of the misappropriation of the area's CDF. The irate residents who took to the roads in Gilgil town on Monday claimed that John Mututho has efficiently addressed their prioritised concerns in the area through the CDF kitty.

They denied the reports in the NTA's Citizen's Constituency Development Fund Report Card for Naivasha that they was a ghost project in the area. "We are not in support of the reports we care seeing in the media about mismanagement of the CDF funds as indicated in the NTA report. Mututho has worked tirelessly to complete projects initiated under the CDF.Others are currently under construction and we know they will be completed soon," said Irene Kinyua,one of the area residents.

Esther Wanjiku,the Naivasha CDF member asserted that there was no ghost project in Gilgil and accurate and appropriate audit deserved to be redone. "Gilgil area does not have any ghost project. Through the CDF kitty,Gilgil Hospital Mortuary, the National Library Services, and various blocks of classrooms in many schools have been completed," noted Wanjiku.

Wanjiku challenged critics to substantiate their fund misappropriation allegations against the committee. She noted that they had all balanced records that reflected the proper management of the funds in all the projects included and the disbursement of the bursaries. "Anybody who has any complaint to make,he should visit us and demand for accountability through our records and not just make wild allegations," claimed the official.

In the report,two projects; Biashara motocyle shed in Biashara centre in Naivasha and Giligil motor cycle sheds in Gilgil allocated Sh 450,000 each are non-existent while Loldia Primary School in Malewa West awarded Sh 450,000 exists but no pictures are available to confirm its construction, Of the total Sh 62,958,727 disbursed to the constituency,NTA found Sh 8,993,095 to have been wasted on badly implemented projects,Sh 2,500,000 wasted on abandoned projects and 15,377,212 could not be accounted for.

However on Friday last week,Mututho said he would seek legal redress against the published report on the utilization of funds in his constituency. He said he had hired six lawyers to file a suit on Tuesday this week against NTA And its sponsors in a Nairobi court. Mututho claimed NTA published the report before they undertook proper auditing of the current status of all the projects initiated through the 2009/2010 CDF Bugtary allocations. The Naivasha residents have also since demanded for the immediate freezing of the CDF accounts.

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