The Star (Nairobi)

10 December 2012

Kenya: Mbarire Cleared of Misusing CDF Money

TOURISM assistant minister Cecily Mbarire has been cleared by the Constituency Development Fund board over accusations of misusing Runyenjes CDF money.

A director of the fund John Wamakonjio who led a team of the CDF board members on a tour of several projects in the constituency said the board was satisfied with the use of the funds.

Wamakonjio praised the constituency's CDF management committee, of which the assistant minister is patron, for making good use of the funds through minising costs of the projects carried out.

The director, who was also accompanied the CDF publicity committee chairperson Consolata Munga, was particularly impressed by the water project undertaken by the CDF committee to provide clean piped water to the whole constituency.

"Amongst the number of projects of water I have seen, this is one of the greatest and I think this constituency CDF committee has done a commendable job. The technical work being carried here is very professional. I'm pleased to hear that all the homes in this constituency will get clean piped water," said the director

The chairman of the funds Phinehas Gichovi said they have allocated over Sh130 million for the water projects which they have divided into three phases Ndamunge, Kaaga and Kieni. The projected is expected to supply over 60,000 homes with clean water.

Wamakonjio said he was satisfied that the constituency's CDF committer has used the public money well. The Board also visited, among other projects, St Michael Secondary School where the CDF has funded a fully furnished Sh1.6 million science laboratory, Mbwinjeru Police post and Kiangungi Secondary school where a dormitory was also built using CDF money.

The director noted that there are other areas where costs of similar projects are much higher. At the police post residents appreciated high reduction of crimes since it was constructed and police officers stationed there noting that what remains today are minor crimes like creating disturbances during family quarrels.

Moses Wamuuru of the Alliance Party of Kenya, who is a political opponent of the assistant minister, has incessantly claimed that she had misappropriated CDF funds.

Wamuuru had even gone further and claimed that the assistant minister was involved in the break-in into her office in May to destry evidence of alleged scandals in constituency's CDF money.

He claimed that he and other constituents had written to the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the constituency board concerning several projects which they want her to account for. However Mbarire strongly denies the allegations asking her rivals to pin point specific projects with shortcomings.

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