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KES 57m CDF money swindled in Saboti

11 July 2013, 15:19 Mwangi Karanja

More that KES 57 million has been swindled from Saboti constituency CDF accounts since the inception of the programme by the Narc government in 2003, but no one has been charged.

Speaking in Kitale during the handing over of Saboti CDF report by the out going committee, area MP David Lazaro said that the money was lost through ghost projects that were allocated huge amount of money only to benefit a few.

“Former CDF committees were involved in numerous fraud cases, allocating money to projects amounting to millions of shillings which never materialised between 2003 and 2008,” he said.

He pointed out that more than KES 6 million were allocated for the construction of a medical Training college in Kitale but the money disappeared even before the project commenced.

Dr. Chris Wamalwa, who also attended the ceremony, said that he had asked the Ethics and Anti-corruption body to carry out investigations to ascertain persons behind the scheme that he said crippled development in both Kiminini and Saboti constituencies.

“We cannot allow people who swindle public money to have a free walk in the park. We need to investigate and force them to return the money or face justice as we are not going to tolerate impunity,” said Wamalwa.

“The fund manager should give us a comprehensive report on the ghost projects as we want all those responsible in the misappropriation of funds to be known,” he added.

He reiterated that the committees that were in office during the tenure of former MP Davies Nakitare did not have any records which he said contributed to immense corruption. Those who threatened to name the culprits were killed.

Other ghost projects that were revealed by the outgoing CDF chairman Reuben Makhino include the construction of Shimo la Tewa Bridge, Church road and Tuwan road that he said were allocated millions of shillings but never kicked off.

The MPs urged the new committees in both constituencies to prioritise accountability and transparency.

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