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Kabete, Roysambu CDF accounts frozen over misappropriation

22 April 2015, 15:48 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) board has frozen accounts of two constituencies, bringing to a halt initiated projects worth KES 70 million.

The CDF board froze accounts of Roysambu constituency represented by Waihenya Ndirangu and that of Kabete constituency which was represented by the late George Muchai, over concerns of misappropriation of funds.

The board’s report tabled in the National Assembly states, “The CDF board has imposed a temporary freeze on the Kabete constituency bank account in order to ensure prudent management of funds during the electioneering period and Roysambu constituency on request by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission.”

“This is meant to conserve the funds pending an investigation being conducted by the Commission in the constituency,” it goes on.

The EACC is probing the Roysambu CDF accounts while the forthcoming Kabete by-election has raised fears of irregular funds withdrawals should its account remain active, thus the freezing.

Roysambu constituency was allocated KES 23.3 billion for CDF projects while Kabete received KES 48 billion during the current 2014/15 financial year to end in June.

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The board’s report also reveals that over KES 16 billion money meant for constituency development is withheld by the National Government, less than two months to the end of the current financial year.

The report adds that only KES 13 billion has so far been disbursed to the 290 constituencies out of the allocated KES 29 billion for CDF projects, therefore raising questions on why the funds are delayed.

The delay in disbursing the funds during the current financial year means the second batch of disbursement will be made in the 2015/16 financial year, therefore interfering with implementation of projects in constituencies.

Apart from freezing CDF accounts of Kabete and Roysambu, the board has also restricted the expenditure of over KES 30 billion that was earlier proposed to various projects in five other constituencies for failing to adhere to the CDF Act and proposed projects that were non-viable.

The constituencies restricted to use the money include West Mugirango, Kitui South, Kitutu Chache South, Wajir South, Fafi and Msambweni.

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