The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sh7 Million Kisumu Artisans' Kitty Record Missing

THERE are fears that part of the Sh 7.2 million raised by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in aid of Kisumu Juakali artisans might have fallen on wrong hands. Kisumu town Chief Willis Onyona said he has reported the matter to the police for investigations.

Kidero gave Sh2.5 million in the fundraiser that was conducted in Kisumu last month. Cord leader Raila Odinga who was also present contributed Sh500,00. President Uhuru Kenyatta sent Sh500,000.

The Star has established that an inventory record of cheques that were to be cashed by the artisans has disappeared. The harambee coordinator in Kisumu Barrack Okoth said they are not able to trace some cheques.

He said they want police to probe how a man acquired a Sh50,000 cheque meant for the artisans. "It is unfortunate a man who resides in Nyalenda estate was found with a cheque for Jua kali artisans worth Sh50,000," Okoth said.

He said the disappearance of the cheques might be a plot to have individuals people cash the cheques for their own benefit. Kisumu Juakali Artisans chairman Ochieng Ojwando said the man has been arrested.

Kisumu town Chief Willis Onyona on Monday met 30 officials of the artisans association at his office over the matter. The meeting that was attended by Kisumu City Residence Voice chairman Audi Ogada lasted more than six hours.

Kisumu City Residence Voice Chairman Audi Ogada said there is need for accountability. "Money raised from the public for a particular programme must be spent appropriately and any queries raised must also be answered," He said. Audi called on the artisans to remain vigilant on how the funds are spent.

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