Feb 9, 2023

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MPs on the spot over unexplained, stalled CDF projects

School buses purchased with the constituency development fund cannot be traced, while others have no logbooks, an Auditor-General report revealed.

Audit reports on the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) For the fiscal year ending in June 2020, presented by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya in the National Assembly, it also reveals how MPs’ cronies have withdrawn money from the fund. Although MPs do not sit on CDF committees, they do play a larger role in choosing the team that will manage the fund. This gives them scope to nominate their cronies, including spouses, to manage the fund.

MPs receive about Sh$140 million in CDF annually and there is already a bill by Butere, MP Tindi Mwale trying to double the amount.

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Auditor General Nancy Gathungu noted that in Embakasi North Sh.8m was used to purchase school buses paid for in full by November 2020 but title documents were not presented for audit.

“Besides the buses were not presented for physical inspection. Under the circumstances, the existence of the buses and the value for money of the expenses could not be confirmed,” the audit report said.

Mr. James Gakuya is the area MP.

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However, the report does not have the number of buses and schools that the buses were said to be handed over.

In another report for Kitutu Masaba submitted to Parliament, 22.4 million shillings was used to purchase school buses, but ownership documents were not used for an audit made available nor delivered to the schools. The area MP is Shadrack Mose.

In Kabuchai, 22.3 million shillings was spent on the purchase of three school buses and five acres, but only two of the buses have logbooks.

According to the report, no driver’s log was submitted for one of the buses for verification, so ownership of the bus could not be proven. Ms Gathungu also says the title deeds for the five acres were not available for inspection. The MP for the area is Majimbo Kalasinga.

In Embakasi Central, the Comptroller has questioned a Shillings 15.9 million contract for the renovation of a classroom, administration building and toilet at Bondeni Primary School.< /p>

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Documents not provided included signed tender opening documents, copies of advertisements, Letter of appointment for Tender Opening Committee, proof of contract of engagement of the relevant ministries, Minutes of the Evaluation Committee, signed technical opinion and proof that the contractor is included in the register of contractors kept by the National Building Authority. Ms. Gathungu therefore concludes that the validity of the contract cannot be established.

Public Resources

The abuse of public resources was also exposed in Nakuru Town East, where Sh1.9 Millions used to purchase tree seedlings for distribution to schools could not be traced as the list of recipient schools was not provided.

In Kipipiri, 21 projects totaling Shs 37 million in funding were through bad Processing and anomalies marked while others stalled.

Ms. Gathungu also noted that the project management committees in the constituencies in the procurement of goods, services and works, the performance and payment of goods and services under Section 36 of the National Government Development Fund Act, 2015. Mr. Kimunya is the Area MP.

Sh6.4 million approved by the Bomet East CDF Committee in Sitzu ments used could not be taken into account. The report says no evidence. “Committee expenses of Sh 6,438,400 were not substantiated by meeting schedules, amounts paid to each member and the dates of meetings,” the audit report said.

In Likoni, whose deputy is Mishi Mboko, Ms. Gathungu has questioned Sh3.7 million paid in allowances to CDF committee members after more than the required number of meetings were held. Section 43(11) of the CDF Act 2015 stipulates that the constituency committee meets six times a year and no more than 24 times in the same fiscal year, but in this case the committee held 29.

“This led for payment of Sh205,000 in committee allowances which were not justified or explained.”

Irregular payment of allowances was also reported in Subukia where Sh3.5 million was paid to committee members. The amount includes Sh960,000, which was reportedly paid to the deputy county commissioner, county accountant and fund account manager, although the trio, as former official members, are not entitled to any allowances. “Management has not explained how the ex-Officio members…allowances were paid.”

At Awendo, 17 million shillings cannot be traced to irregular contract deviations in the construction of the Kenya Medical Training College at Awendo and this Headquarters of the Awendo Police Division. Ms Gathungu says the contractor stopped work after pocketing Sh10million. A new contractor has been increased at a cost of Sh55 million from the original cost of Sh39 million.

Sh10 million

The Auditor therefore concludes that the value of 10 million Sh was paid to the first contractor can not be confirmed. At police headquarters, the auditor accused management of starting construction without verifying ownership of the land. Because of this, one person has gone to court to claim ownership, which resulted in a halt to the work after payment of the Sh7 million.

The irregular use of funds continues in Naivasha, represented by Jayne Kihara where Sh18. 6 million earmarked for stipends were not supported by any schedule.

“The regularity and value for money of Sh7,100,000 could not be confirmed,” the report said . The MP is Walter Owino.

In the Mandera East constituency, 8.6 million shillings transferred to primary schools cannot be traced as bank statements were not submitted for verification by the Project Management Committee.

< p>” In addition, the tender documents relating to this transfer had not been signed by the bidders and the payment records showed that payments were made before the Certificates of Completion were issued. In these circumstances, the validity of the primary school referral expenses of ATS 8.6 million cannot be established,” the audit report said. The area is represented by Omar Mohammed.

The irregular use of public funds continues in Naivasha constituency, represented by Jayne Kihara, where a total of Shillings 18.6 million was earmarked for grants and unsupported by any plan . This means that the list of beneficiaries, nor the names of the schools to which the money was allegedly paid, have not been made available to the auditors to verify that the amount was actually awarded as scholarships.

Same problem occurs in Borabu constituency where auditor has questioned Sh18 million in relation to grants. Of the amount, ATS 6 million was to be paid to secondary schools and ATS 12 million to higher education institutions.

However, the report notes that the expenditure was not supported by any endorsements from the beneficiary schools and institutions.

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Grants

“Under the circumstances, it was not possible to determine whether the Sh18 million grants benefited the intended beneficiaries and whether they were spent as intended,” states the audit report . The MP is Ben Momanyi

In Tiaty constituency, where Shillings 3.3 million is marked as spent on emergency projects, but Ms Gathungu says in the report that no details of the projects have been submitted for review. The MP is William Kamket

“The nature of the emergency, minutes of meetings of the project management committee, statements of expenditure and reports of the monitoring and evaluation committee were not provided,” says the auditor.

< p>As others Interestingly, where constituencies misappropriate their appropriations, there is budget underspending in Kinangop constituency, as the report shows a total of Shillings 51.4 million was not used and no reason given provided satisfactory explanations. As a result, Kinangop constituency residents did not receive the intended services,” the audit report said.

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