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Youth to sue MP for hiring fund managers via SMS

11 March 2014, 14:09 Wewe Ni Wetu

Nakuru - The Nakuru County Youth Forum (NCYF) and the Naivasha Professional Association (NPA) have threatened to go to court to block the newly elected officials of Uwezo Fund in Naivasha.

The NCYF President, Macharia Gichuru and NPA Secretary General, Absalom Mukusi alleged that due process was not followed in the appointments.

They are accusing Naivasha MP John Kihagi for allegedly handpicking committee members to manage the fund without following the laid down procedures.

Consequently, they are demanding that the MP disband the committee immediately failure to which they will seek legal redress from the courts.

The two leaders expressed shock that the MP had allegedly constituted the Naivasha Uwezo Fund Committee through text messages locking out the public from participating in the process.

Gichuru claimed that Kihagi had send SMS messages to various people over the weekend inviting them for a meeting after it was alleged that they had been elected to the committee.

He said that the youths in the sub-county who were left out of the process did not recognize the committee and called on the MP to follow the law and engage the public in the formation.

Gichuru said, “There is no way we will allow the Uwezo fund to be managed by cartels or people whose ability is questionable. The fund should be managed by smart people.

"The MP used the same method when he constituted the CDF committee and we kept quiet. This time we are saying NO and we want independent people to oversee the process of electing committee members to avoid any suspicion.”

Gichuru said he was angered by the composition of the committee since some of the elected members are allegedly close family members.

“Whose and what interests do they represent? None of the purported committee members represents any group in Naivasha and this raises serious questions on the credibility of the alleged committee,” he said.

Mukusi on the other hand said that the MP is obligated by law to involve the public in the formation of the committee therefore begging the question why he was imposing one on the people.

He said that training on how individual groups should invest the money should be done before giving out the forms like it is allegedly happening currently.

“Dishing out application forms without proper training is a waste of time. The applicants will automatically be disqualified,” he said.

He accused Kihagi of allegedly locking them out of the process warning that they are ready to challenge him in court.

He called for an open process in which data on the youth and women groups in Naivasha should be used to conduct training to enable them acquire the necessary skills.

Efforts to get a comment from the MP were futile as his phone went unanswered and neither did he respond to a text message sent to him regarding the matter.

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