The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sh0.8 Million CDF Row Stalls Learning in Migori School

Learning at Kanyodera Primary School in Uriri district have been disrupted following a disputed Sh800,000 CDF tender to build two classrooms.

Problem started when local leaders failed to agree on who to award the tender. The tender had attracted four local construction companies but the two firms Lawrence Oyugi Dima and Beem G construction firms won the tender.

"The CDF's project management committee said Dima won the tender but the assistant chief who is a committee member and his allies gave the tender to Beem," said MP Cyprian Ojwang'.

The school watchman last week was badly hurt as the employees of the two firms fought in the school compound. Parents led by Celestine Kitinda are now calling for intervention by the Ministry of Education and MP Cyprian Ojwang'.

The parents fear the disruptions may interfere with KCPE preparations. Pupils have watched as workers of two firms fight it out in the school.

"For several occasions students have been forced to spectate as workers from the two firms exchange blows in a bid to control the site with each of the two firms already having brought materials to the site," she said.

"In a meeting by the area Locals are complaining that the project may be used by the politician and his cronies to pilfer funds from the CDF kitty since the problem started by internecine fighting within the committee.

But reacting to the claims Ojwang says they have talked with the school leadership to halt work at the site awaiting starting of the tender process afresh.

"The misunderstanding will be cleared and I can assure residents that no money has been lost. Work will be halted until after examinations before a solution is reached," he said.

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