The Star (Nairobi)

8 June 2012

Kenya: Kiharu MP Warns CDF Committees On Graft

Kiharu MPt Muturi Mwangi has warned the CDF projects committees over miuse of the kitty. The MP said some committee members have previously been working in cahoots with fraudsters to steal the funds. He was speaking yesterday in his office when he met with the CDF project management committee of the constituency.

Muturi said he has filed a case with Kenya Anticorruption commission to investigate some members who have allegedly misused money allocated to various projects. "We shall not tolerate corruption and misuse of CDF kitty and we hope the anti-corruption commission will soon finish their investigations and have those who have misappropriated the funds charged," he said.

A few months ago, a CDF cheque worth Sh500,000, and which was meant for Kimathi Water project, disappeared mysteriously from the CDF office and later the money was withdrawn at a bank in Kangema. The money has not yet been recovered but two people were arrested over the missing cheque but were later released. Muturi at the same time dismissed the existence of ghost CDF projects in the constituency but admitted that some projects have stalled owing to insufficient funds.

The Mp also asked the committees to safeguard their accounts against frauds saying that unscrupulous people are now targeting the CDF accounts. He at the same time urged the project management's committee members to complete projects early to avoid the skyrocketing cost of building materials. "Delays in completing projects were to blame for the stalling of some of them as the budgeted amounts fails to meet the cost of the building materials," he added.

During the forum cheques worth 17 million were disbursed to various CDF projects under conditional grant programme rolled out by the government to uncompleted projects in education, health, water and agriculture. Speaking during the same forum Murang'a North districts Internal auditor Virginia Muthoni stressed that the members must include line government ministries while implementing CDF projects.

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