10 August 2012

Kenya: Turkana CDF 'Ghosts' Swallow Sh300 Million

More than Sh300 million for CDF projects in Labour minister John Munyes' Turkana North constituency cannot be accounted for. The national CDF management board directors said more than 80 projects listed as having been completed cannot be traced. They said there is evidence on the misuse of CDF cash, adding that in one incident, more than Sh2 million was used to put two toilets at Nakalele Primary School.

Yesterday, the local CDF officials fled to avoid questioning by the board members inspecting projects in the region. The CDF board directors, who were touring the projects included Ahmed Abbas, David Koros and Boniface Karobe among other officials. "We have never seen anything like this in the more than 100 constituencies we have so far visited for assessment. It is shocking how the officials involved have taken advantage of the community here," said Abbas.

The directors were taken aback to discover that none of the CDF projects started in the constituency since 2008 are still incomplete. The constituency has so far been allocated more than Sh700 million, but the directors said the books of accounts kept by the CDF team are in total chaos.

At the Kakuma Health Centre, the directors discovered that more than Sh20 million said to have been spent on the project could not be accounted for and the actual work already done on the hospital is estimated at not more than Sh1.5 million. "We have been unable to get to most of the projects listed as having been completed and in the process of going round the local CDF officials escaped from us to avoid questions," said Abbas.

The board will now recommend the next course of action that might be taken against the officials over the misuse of the CDF money. The board members have in the last one week toured projects in Turkana South and Turkana Central. "In those two constituencies, we saw commendable work done on the ground and the communities appreciate," said Abass.

Turkan Central is represented by Ekwe Ethuro, who is the chairman of the parliamentary committee on CDF while Turkana South MP is Joseph Nanok. The Keiyo South CDF was recently declared the best managed in the North Rift. "We are still going on with the assessment in Turkana before heading to other areas," said Koros.

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