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Disabled leaders accused of embezzling money

22 September 2014, 10:40 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - People living with disabilities in Bungoma County have accused their leaders of embezzling funds given to them by the County government.

Led by the County Disabled Coordinator, John Opar, the PLWDs said their chairman Adriano Sakwa and the Secretary Benedict Wanyonyi are not sincere and transparent on the money that remained after participating in the disabled sitting volleyball that was held in Nairobi three weeks ago.

The 26-member team had been given KES 500 000 for facilitation during the four-day event but their leaders only used KES 300 000 and have failed to account for the remaining KES 200 000 which they are allegedly said to have divided amongst themselves in a Bungoma hotel.

Opar said that the two leaders have failed the disabled people by not accounting for the cash which would have been saved in the PLWDs kitty.

“We are very annoyed with what our interim leaders have done; how can they divide the money among themselves yet we all participated and never got even a single cent? We want the anti-corruption officers to investigate the whereabouts of the cash,” said Opar.

He said that their officials are a disgrace and asked the disabled people and the county governments to put in place structures that will see them elect transparent leaders who have the disabled interests at heart.

Opar said that the County government has given PLWDs a chance in its government and many of them have employed to fulfil the 30 percent of the marginalized and the disabled and there is no need for alarm.

“Our leaders have been fond of using us to demonstrate yet they pocket the little funds we are given; this is not right and we want them to tell us where the funds are before we take the legal action,” said Opar.

Contacted, Sakwa and Wanyonyi refuted to claims of embezzlement saying that they used all the money and even used their own cash to settle some bills to satisfy the players.

“If they have evidence, let them table because as far as we know. Those agitating for the same are the people who want to be recognised by the County officials yet they are not the disabled leaders,” said the duo.

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