Scandal as KES 30 m allocated to school was misused
05 April 2012, 16:50
Malindi district Education office together with District commissioners’ office have been tasked to investigate how KES 30 million for Economic Stimulus program allocated to Malindi Boys High School was spent.
Malindi MP Gideon Mung'aro speaking on Wednesday after meeting the school Board of Governors and inspecting the projects, said they will have to assign auditors to find out how the cash was spent by the school.
“We have gone through all projects that the school had decided to channel the cash to, but we are not satisfied and that is why we want auditors to tell us the truth. There will be need of an additional 3.8 million for the proposed projects to be completed because already more than 27 million out of 30 million has been spent,” Mung'aro said.
Mung’aro said the Education office and DCs office will come up with results which will help them to decide what to do next.
"We feel there has been some misappropriation of the fund and that is why we have asked District commissioners' office and District Education office to investigate and give us results in two weeks time before we decide what next,' said the MP.
He was accompanied by Malindi district commissioner Joshua Nkanatha, Malindi district education officer Mary Kamurua and Malindi district public work officer Paul Mwangunywa.
“If the cash were spent well or embezzled then the two offices will tell us before we decide what steps to take next,” said Mung’aro.
Meanwhile Malindi district Education Board and the area MP Gideon Mung’aro have issued a two weeks ultimatum to a supplying contractor of the school Jonga Suppliers to remove all substandard materials and replace them with quality ones using his own money at the school.
“We are mostly concerned on the windows of 15 classrooms and other materials which were substandard. We want the contractor to replace them using his own cash because he did so against the agreement. Failure to which the school committee will replace them using retainer funds,” he added.
The area MP said they had also stopped the contractor from continuing with any other work in the school until he is through with replacing the substandard materials.
Projects undertaken at the school included building of a computer lab, rehabilitation of 15 classrooms,Basket ball pitch, toilets, twin laboratory, purchasing of generator, photocopier machine and printers among other projects.
He said the project which begun March last year had delayed due to unknown reasons noting that the project was to be through by the end of last month.
Malindi District Commissioner who had accompanied the area MP to inspect the projects undertaken at the school said that his office together with DEO office will also be investigating how much money had been spent and how much was remaining.
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