The Star (Kenya)

Ward reps now want Mandago’s Sh750m bur­saries kitty probed

Many stu­dents who ben­e­fited from the county bur­sary kitty also got money from CDF

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Uasin Gishu ward reps have asked the ethics agency to in­ves­ti­gate al­leged mis­use and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the dis­burse­ment of more than Sh750 mil­lion bur­saries funds.

The MCAS passed a mo­tion by mi­nor­ity leader Ra­mad­han Ali to al­low the Ethics and Anti-cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate the kitty op­er­ated by Governor Jack­son Mandago’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ali and nom­i­nated MCA Leah Malot said the Au­di­tor Gen­eral had queried ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the use of the money al­lo­cated dur­ing the 2017-2018 fi­nan­cial year.

“We have re­alised that the bur­saries in our wards were not given out as per the law and the ac­count­ing of­fi­cers did not give us proper re­ports on how the money was used,” said Malot who tabled the mo­tion on be­half of Ali.

She said there had been dou­ble al­lo­ca­tion of funds. Many stu­dents who ben­e­fited from the county bur­sary kitty also got money from the CDF for the same pur­pose while many needy cases were ig­nored, she said.

Ali who chairs the as­sem­bly Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ments com­mit­tee said res­i­dents had com­plained over the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the is­suance of the bur­saries ev­ery year.

The MCAS also want of­fi­cers dis­ci­plined for au­dit queries by the of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral.

“Those who may have messed up with money should be pun­ished be­cause it’s meant to ben­e­fit the poor,” Ali said.

Ngeny­ilel MCA David Sin­goei said al­though many peo­ple were scared at the men­tion of the EACC, it was one of the agen­cies man­dated to en­sure good use of pub­lic funds and re­sources.

“The EACC will look into the mat­ter and where they find faults then ac­tion will be taken against those in­volved but they will also help the county gov­ern­ment to strengthen its sys­tems for pru­dent use of such pub­lic re­sources,” Sin­goei said.

Deputy speaker Hosea Korir asked the com­mit­tee to also rec­om­mend the adop­tion of modern tech­nol­ogy to weed out dou­ble al­lo­ca­tion.

Korir said with a modern sys­tem in place, prob­lems like dou­ble al­lo­ca­tion would eas­ily be de­tected.

“We need to go the tech­nol­ogy way so that we en­sure ease in man­age­ment of pub­lic funds and other re­sources and be able to quickly de­tect any chal­lenges be­fore things are messed up,” Korir said.

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