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NGOs dismiss claims of withdrawal from Magarini

29 May 2012, 14:31 Alloys Musyoka

The controversy surrounding Magarini CDF where KES 65 million were claimed to have been misappropriated has taken yet a new twist after two non-governmental organizations dismissed claims that they are planning to stop supporting locals in the area.

Action Aid and Institute of Participatory Development (IPD) have been accused of threatening to pull out their services in the region after Magarini Residents Forum withdrew its complaint from lawyer.

Magarini resident’s forum had protested against misappropriation of millions of CDF funds and decided to solve the issue in court but later they withdrew their complaints.

According to their Chairman Julius Ngonyo, after consultative meetings with Magarini DC and CDF committee, the group was satisfied with explanations and decided to withdraw a case they had filed with a lawyer.

It is alleged that after Magarini residents Forum group informed Action Aid and IPD of their satisfaction and willingness to withdraw their complaints from the lawyer they had instructed to take the matter, the two non-governmental organizations threatened to stop funding in the area.

Earlier the group through their chairman told journalists that “After consultative meetings with Dc and Magarini CDF committee we were satisfied and decided to withdraw complaints from a lawyer whom we had instructed to take legal action.”

Magarini CDF patron who is also the area Member of Parliament Amason Jefa Kingi accused the two non-governmental organizations of threatening to withdrew services from the area saying they were being politically influenced.

 “Why are the organizations forcing locals to go to court when they are satisfied with information they were given. That shows the organizations are being used by some politicians to undermine my political ambitious,” he said.

Action Aid Manager Magarini district Mzungu Mwachidudu Chitera and his counter part Institute of Participatory Development Raphael Mzungu Ngoma dismissed the claims saying they are baseless and lacking merits.

“Those are mere propaganda our organizations are not planning to withdraw from Magarini because we are not here for political issues but for the development of local people.

"On the issue of solving the whole matter; locals want it to be settled through a lawyer but they should know that nor Action Aid or IPD is taking the matter to court,”  they told journalists in Malindi.

Chitera on his side called on the area MP to stop getting information from his selected leaders who only lie to him and instead consult locals.

IPD representative Ngoma said Magarini CDF committee was still playing around with minds of locals and that they were only cooking stories to explain how the claimed funds were used.

He said they should rely on documents and not sweat talking some leaders and give false information to residents over the issue of their misappropriated funds.

“Why do they fear to solve the issue with a lawyer or in court if truly they did not misuse public funds? If what they are telling members of public is true then locals themselves want it to be said in court,” noted Ngoma.

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