The Star (Nairobi)

8 February 2013

Kenya: Residents Call for CDF Probe

Rongo residents have called for investigations into probe into their CD.

The residents, led by William Odidi, want committee members and contractors who were mentioned over misuse of the fund by the National Taxpayers Associatio be investigated.

They urged the Kenya Anti-corruption and Ethics Commission and immediate former MP Dalmas Otieno to investigate the claims. They said development projects in the constituency have stalled.

"Residents especially parents in various schools never saw what became of the funds as no school can point out any project funded by CDF," Odidi said.

"We would like to know how truthful the report which was released by NTA is and we want the claims investigated with urgency," said Odidi.

Residents say most committee members responsible for the misuse are vying for elective posts and would be deemed unfit to be elected if they were found to have been involved in the alleged scandals.

They said the truth should be known before new leaders who are going to be elected take office after the transition of power which is expected after the March 4 polls.

"These committees need to be disbanded and IEBC take action on responsible leaders on ground of integrity," said Barrack Were, a rights activist based in Rongo.

The NTA released a report on performance of various constituencies in 28 counties where Rongo constituency was ranked as the third worst performing in the country on utilization of the funds.

The report said Sh 11 million was wasted in the constituency on ghost projects in the 2010/2011 financial year.

But Dalmas has refuted the claims by the NTA report saying that the report was erroneously compiled using wrong data that was being reflected by the time his predecessor Ochilo Ayacko was the area MP.

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