Persons living with disability in Kenya continue to suffer at the hands of a few corrupt individuals. The Weekly Vision has been told by a source how the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) board under the chairmanship of Mr Peter Muchiri Mwangi and Executive director Harun Maalim Hassan failed to account for monies meant to benefit persons living with disabilities.
According to an independent report, the Council made cash payment transfers amounting to Ksh.131, 408,000 through Safaricom’s M-Pesa platform to 3,072 beneficiaries under National Inua Jamii Programme.
According to the report, these were payments to beneficiaries who had not migrated from the Card-Based System to the Account-Based System. The beneficiaries had missed payments between September 2018 and June 2020. However, Safaricom’s statement revealed that the actual amount is Ksh. 127,076,000 paid to 2,975 beneficiaries, an indication that 97 beneficiaries were not paid Ksh. 4, 332,000.
Further, the Government released Ksh. 500,000,000 to mitigate against the effects of economic hardship arising from the Covid-19 pandemic on Persons with Severe Disabilities. However, the Council allocated only Ksh. 200,000,000 to cushion 33,333 poor and vulnerable persons who received Ksh.199, 998,000 through the Safaricom M-Pesa platform. This means that Ksh.300, 000,000 was not released to persons with severe disabilities.
In addition, the purported beneficiaries were not in the National Council for People with Disability database. Consequently, the propriety of Ksh.199, 998,000 remitted to persons who are not in the database could not be confirmed.