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Residents accuse MP of nepotism

12 May 2015, 11:05 Oduor Omondi

Migori - Residents of Suna West Constituency in Migori County have criticized their Member of Parliament for allegedly practicing nepotism in awarding government tenders.

They claimed that most tender-related works generated at the constituency office to repair or construct new buildings, repair roads and other infrastructural civil works were being dished out to either relatives or cronies of the area MP, Joseph Obiero Ndiege.

A resident, John Opiyo, claimed that through the influence of the legislator, many people especially political sympathizers and close relative always benefit from the tenders at the expense of merit.

An insider from the constituency office who spoke to News24 Kenya on condition of anonymity confirmed the residents’ concerns, revealing that the legislator dictates the distribution of tenders, with most of the beneficiaries being his close relatives.

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The officer further claimed that tendering procedure is being flouted as there is no advertisement done as awardees are handpicked by the MP.

But in a rejoinder, the MP dismissed the claims terming them malicious and aimed at fighting him politically.

”These are politically engineered lies used by my detractors to divert attention from the good things I am doing to my constituents,” he said.

He defended himself saying that most projects funded through the Constituency Development Fund cost less than KES 500 000 and therefore do not have to go through the tendering process.

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