The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Plea to Bett Over Project

Members of a community water project in Bureti have called on Roads minister Franklin Bett to help them get Sh750,000 for a tank. They said the completion of the tank has stalled for the last three years due to delays in releasing the money.

Speaking to the press on Friday after the project's committee meeting at Kusumek AIC Church in Bureti, the Kaptegan-Chesoen Water Project chairman Simon Kamoin said they suspected mischief in the delay.

Kamoin said there was urgent need for the Bureti MP to intervene to enable the construction of the Sh1.3 million water tank resume and completed on time.

He said the stalled project has subjected more than 50,000 residents of five villages within Kusumek location to long journeys in search of water.

"By now the project should be complete and the five Kilometer journey in search for water by locals should have ended and now we want the minister to intervene and secure us out of this situation," said the chairman.

The project committee have blame the area chief Jonathan Sang for the delay in releasing the Sh750, 000 for the second phase of the project.

They accused the Mr Sang of colluding with the Bureti CDF chairman Elijah Rotich to have the project done away with and the funding diverted to other projects in the constituency.

The project Vice Chairman Ronald Ngecher said since the start of the project the chief had opposed officials picked to head the project saying he (chief) wanted one of his relatives to run the project.

"The chief has been an headache since we started the project and has been demanding bribes from the project officials every time and threatening to cripple the project," said Mr Ngecher

The vice chairman said the administration went ahead and wrote a letter to the CDF offices calling for the stopping of fund until new management committee members are picked to run the project.

"The latest message is from CDF is that we pick new committee to run the project before the second phase of funds is released yet the time for the current committees has not elapsed according to the project by-laws," added Mr Ngecher.

However, Kusumek location chief Jonathan Sang distance himself from the allegation from the project management saying he does not allocate money nor does he has power to stop funding of any project in her location.

"I have nothing to do with that and the minister intervention calls is a welcomed move so that we can know what happened to the project's funds," said Sang in a telephone interview.

Attempt to reach the CDF chairman for a word on the same did not bore any fruit as he could not pick his calls and did not reply text messages send to him.

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