Scam on el­derly’s cash could be in the off­ing — Mudavadi

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has warned that an­other scan­dal that dwarfs the Sh781 mil­lion NYS scam is in the off­ing.

He al­leged it in­volves cash trans­fers to the el­derly. Mudavadi said the kitty, also meant for or­phans, has been al­lo­cated bil­lions of shillings, but fic­ti­tious names have been en­tered into the reg­is­ter clan­des­tinely and used to pocket the money.

“There are com­plaints by the el­derly that they are not re­ceiv­ing their monthly stipends. Be­cause many are il­lit­er­ate, they are of­ten turned away un­der false claims their fin­ger­prints don’t match the records given,” he said.

Mudavadi, who has pe­ti­tioned Par­lia­ment to in­ves­ti­gate the “loom­ing scan­dal” be­cause the anti- cor­rup­tion agen­cies are help­less and “shy” in han­dling the probe, also ac­cused Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of han­dling the cur­rent drought sit­u­a­tion ca­su­ally.

He said the Sh5.1 bil­lion al­lo­cated to re­solve the ad­verse ef­fects of drought in more than 25 coun­ties was, in a way, meant to cut down on the cash trans­fers and of­fer al­ter­na­tives.

“When De­vo­lu­tion CS Mwangi Ki­un­juri cheek­ily and ca­su­ally says Sh1.5 bil­lion has been al­lo­cated to buy and slaugh­ter weak cows for peo­ple to eat, it is a sure pointer to how plun­der is be­ing planned amidst mis­placed pri­or­i­ties,” Mudavadi said. “The below-par rea­son­ing means he is ad­mit­ting a felony was com­mit­ted and those re­spon­si­ble for those projects should be probed,” he said. “Given the his­tory of pil­fer­age in drought mit­i­ga­tion projects, it is any­one’s guess there is a ‘pro­ject drought scan­dal’ in the mak­ing.”

Mudavadi crit­i­cised the govern­ment for wait­ing for live­stock to start dy­ing be­fore in­ter­ven­ing. He said it is highly likely these funds will be mis­used if there are no clear strin­gent ac­count­abil­ity checks. “Early this month, I warned of food scarcity due to drought and the fact that the el­derly and or­phaned were in dou­ble jeop­ardy, as the sys­tem trans­fer­ring their cash is cor­rupt­ible,” Mudavadi said. He said all the bore­holes and wa­ter pans con­structed in arid and semi- arid lands, which cost Kenyans bil­lions of shillings, have dried up, adding that an­i­mals die for lack of wa­ter, not food.

The govern­ment has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted that the Na­tional Drought Man­age­ment Author­ity sent an early warn­ing as early as June. But in­stead of in­ter­ven­tions be­ing made to save live­stock in the af­fected ar­eas, it has de­layed as the sit­u­a­tion gets dire. “Ju­bilee should be told that starv­ing Kenyans and live­stock need im­me­di­ate ra­tions to sur­vive, not fig­ures,” Mudavadi said.

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