30 November 2012

Kenya: Nambale CDF Committee Told to 'Pull Up Your Socks'

THE National Taxpayers Association has accused Nambale constituency development fund committees of poor implementation and skewed distribution of projects.

NTA Western Regional co-ordinator Evelyn Khamala said NTA's assessment of CDF in 145 constituencies had not only revealed poor project implementation, but also unequal distribution of resources by elected leaders.

Khamala said they had observed that leaders give more resources to areas that overwhelmingly voted for them while ignoring others.

"This is contrary to principles of public finance which advocate for an equitable society," she said.

Khamala spoke in Nambale constituency on Tuesday during the release of the Nambale CDF report card.

The report show that 35 percent of the 2010/2011 CDF monitored projects were badly implemented translating to wastage of Sh37 million.

The report also revealed that Sh2.6 million was wasted on abandoned projects while Sh2.2 million could not be accounted for.

She urged area MP Chris Okemo to ensure that badly implemented CDF projects in the constituency are reduced by 80 percent.

"It is also recommended that the CDF board updates information listed in the projects status reports on the CDF website to ensure that accurate information is available to the public", she said.

Nambale CDF chairman Joshua Mulesi sought to rebut the accusations in the report card blaming NTA for classifying ongoing projects as abandoned.

Mulesi said that NTA officials visited the area when some of the projects were still ongoing adding that most of the projects were already complete.

He further said all unaccounted funds were from projects undertaken by the previous office and that they were able to explain them.

Khamala asked constituency development committees to ensure completion of all projects before county governments take off next year.

Khamala said that the release of the Sh17 million per constituency was meant to ensure that county governments begin operations with the committees afresh and avoid passing the back on misuse of funds.

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