Kil­ifi ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials on spot for un­spent Sh1.2bn ECDE cash

Money was al­lo­cated over three years but many projects were not im­ple­mented. Funds re­turned to Trea­sury. Of­fi­cial says he ‘can’t re­mem­ber’ project de­tails

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ALPHONCE GARI @alphonce2011

The Kil­ifi county Ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment is on the spot over more than Sh1.2 bil­lion un­spent funds in­tended for 206 ECDE projects over three years.

The money was re­port­edly bud­geted for but re­turned to the na­tional Trea­sury.

The county is fac­ing a famine af­fec­ing more than 300,000 peo­ple. Thou­sands of do­mes­tic an­i­mals are starv­ing.

The county as­sem­bly Gen­eral Over­sight Com­mit­tee chaired by Kil­ifi speaker Jimmy Kahindi called a spe­cial sit­ting and sum­moned Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ec­u­tive Salma Muhidin and her depart­ment heads.

They were re­quired to ex­plain why the projects were not im­ple­mented in the three years.

The MCAs ques­tioned the of­fi­cials for more than six hours.

In 2014-15, the depart­ment was al­lo­cated Sh204 mil­lion, while in 201516, the depart­ment re­ceived Sh297 mil­lion.

In 2016-17 the ed­u­ca­tion, youth and sports depart­ment re­ceived Sh678 mil­lion.

Dur­ing the ques­tion­ing, a project of­fice, iden­ti­fied only as Jama got in trou­ble af­ter he failed to in­di­cate proper record-keep­ing. He fre­quently made con­tra­dic­tory state­ments. Ja­mal told the com­mit­tee that in 2013-14, they aimed to im­ple­ment 73 projects, but only did 44.

In the following year, the depart­ment planned to im­ple­ment 114 projects but only man­aged to do 74.

The depart­ment aimed to im­ple­ment 178 projects for 2015-16, but so far only 19 have been com­pleted.

The speaker told Muhidin her re­port is mis­lead­ing the house as the doc­u­ments pro­duced can­not be jus­ti­fied.

The project of­fi­cer an­noyed MCAs when he said he does not “have the mem­ory” to re­call all projects when he was asked to give spe­cific de­tails.

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