Unknown to the residents of Nandi County, the Lagat’s led Administration reportedly lost a total of Ksh 485,000,000 to 48 MCAs and one Assembly Speaker. As if there were no better projects that this huge sum of money could be useful, this county gave 48 MCAs 245 millions for mortgage and car loans and another 240 millions to buy houses and cars again, including one speaker. Amazingly, none of them used the cash for the intended purpose that was budgeted and instead channeled the money into their personal needs.
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The auditor’s report has also put the 48 Nandi County Assembly members on the spot after they obtained a total of Sh245 million as mortgage and car loans but used the money for other errands.
“As at 30 June 2014, a total of Sh245,000,000 had been incurred on the facility. It was, however, noted that none of the members purchased a residential house or a car but instead used the funds to repay personal bank loans which were outstanding as at 31 March 2014,” the report reveals.
Each of the 48 MCAs and their speaker, according to the report, accessed Sh5 million of which Sh3 million was to support them buy houses while Sh2 million was to facilitate them to purchase new cars but none of them spent the money on the stated items.
It is now evident that in Nandi County there exist ghost projects that siphon the county’s treasury dry because there is very little done on the ground yet the budgets speaks volumes of money. These hundreds of ghost projects are used to hide theft and misappropriation of county’s money that end up in officials’ bank accounts or their cartels.
Recently, Nandi Hills Constituency Youths invited David Cooke to their International Youth Day celebrations that was marked on 11/08/2015. Cooke, Legal Officer for Civil Society Network and County Chamber of Commerce arrived early in the morning and held a brief meeting with few steering committees. He showed evidence of how Nandi County budgets were poorly done with 3 budget documents/bills that did not conform to financial principles and reconciliatory laws. Before the shock was over, Cooke also proofed very minimal allocations to Youth Funds, that was approximately 130 millions where over 100 millions went to stadiums renovations and perimeter walls! One of the stadiums had a name that one of the youth committee said that he has never heard of it. Talent promotion, alternative sports (as opposed to athletics only) were not captured. Can the balance develop youth programs in the county?
After the brief meeting, David Cooke made his presentation earlier before deputy governer Domnic Biwott arrived. He left early due to his busy schedule after he gave his presentation in the forum early afternoon. After his departure, it became a shocker to youths when the deputy arrived late and gave his speech partly very bitter against David Cooke’s proof of embezzlement, misappropriation and government’s lack of priorities in projects implementation. This sent suspicion signals that justified Cooke’s talk of the truth.
“You wanna get answers?” He asked the youth, “Ask questions!”, he said.
Who in the high table informed the DG on his way to N-Hills of the beans that Cooke spilt in the forum?
However much the government’s officials are blackmailing youths to hide corruption and wastage of funds in the county, many young people are wise and have known how the county and its officials are employing all the tricks to conceal the truths.
And like David Cooke said in Swahili, “Nimechoka Kuskia Uwongo!”