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Magarini residents protest over misuse of CDF

27 March 2012, 11:26 Alloys Musyoka

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Magarini residents took to streets protesting against misappropriation of over 64 million shillings Constituency Development fund which they claimed were embezzled by CDF staffs and want immediate sacking of the officials.

They want the current Magarini Constituency Development Fund Committee dissolved as quickly as possible and another one be formed.

They claimed the over 64 million shillings CDF money was spent on ghost projects in the District and called up on anti corruption body to intervene and investigate the matter.

Led by their spokesman Mr. Douglas Mtawali they accused Magarini constituency development fund officials for failing to account for the claimed misused cash and also refusing to meet locals who wanted to know how the cash was used.

He said their effort to access the CDF office were always futile as the officials had developed habit of closing the office when they attempted to inquire on how the CDF money was spent.

Mtawali said according to Magarini residents Forum which had earlier investigated the matter, found that some millions projects had been approved and indicated that they were done at the Magarini CDF Website while on the ground there was totally nothing going on.

“Most of the projects that CDF officials have updated in the Website that they are done but in the really sense no such projects exist on the ground. That why we felt that the cash was being misused.

We did not want to raise issues without evidence but after visiting all projects we found that all projects indicated to be done by the  CDF officials there were nothing at all and we think that why they refused to listen to us until we decided to demonstrate so that the government can see and intervene,” he noted.

He went further to add that bursary allocation in the area was not being done fairly in the financial year of 2010 and 2012 as the indigenous people were being allocated small amount of cash of about 5,000 to 10,000 while other people from outside the districts were being allocated about 150,000 per person.

“Why is it that our children are allocated very small amount of money from bursary which is supposed to benefits us but here people from other regions of the country are allocated a lot of money.

We are very concerned about that and the government should intervene and investigate the matter,” he added.

 They also accused the CDF management for renting a public built dispensary to a Chinese company paying60,000 per month forcing locals to look for the medical facility many kilometers away.

“Imagine they went further to rent our dispensary at Mtoronito a Chinese company who are going to use the facility for four months that means locals will have to look for medical services many kilometers away.

The irritating issue is that the rents are not benefiting locals by any means because the rents are going back to CDF account which is against the law concerning CDF,” he asserted,.

Some of the projects the CDF management is being accused of embezzling fund through them is Mtoroni dispensary rented to Chinese company for four months, Magarini district school bus allocated 4.2 million which does not exist, Bate primary school desks costing 500,000 on records have been delivered but in the ground no desks.

Building of four class rooms on records that they were built but on the ground there is only one classroom but over money was spent,purchasing of two bouts on but only one exists.

Adu Kamale water project costing 3.5 million on record the project was done but on the ground no project as well as Serengeti Galana water project costing 26 million which according to CDFs record the projects was complete but on the ground there was nothing.

However Magarini district Constituency Development Fund Manager Mr. Iregi Rashid dismissed the claims terming them as lacking evidence.

He said they had discussed the issues with the residents but they refused to call off the demonstration adding that there was a breakdown of communication.

“There was problem of communication over the matter because most of the projects they are claiming is because we failed to update all information to the CDF website,” said Mr. Iregi.

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