The Auditor General reveals how the CDF committee approved expenditure of Ksh. 900,000 for the construction of one storey dormitory at Wire Secondary School. The contractor awarded the tender was allegedly hand-picked and procurement rules were not followed
The management committee of Kasipul CDF has been badly exposed by the Auditor General following revelations that they are unable to account for millions of shillings allocated to various projects.
In a report covering the period 2019/2020, the Auditor General reveals how the CDF committee approved expenditure of Ksh. 900,000 for the construction of one storey dormitory at Wire Secondary School. The contractor awarded the tender was allegedly hand-picked and procurement rules were not followed.
According to a report, physical verification of the project on 21st January 2021 revealed that the one-storey building is not supported by a strong foundation thus increasing the risk of collapsing.
Due to bad workmanship, the value for money of expenditure of Ksh. 900,000 remains a mystery. Further, the committee allocated Ksh.1, 780,000 for the construction of classrooms at two primary schools namely Kaditonge Primary School Ksh.1, 030,000 and Saye Primary School Ksh.750, 000.
However, the committee secretly did a change of activities without seeking approval from the NGCDF Board, contrary to section 6(2) of the National Government Constituency Development Fund Act, 2015 that states; once funds are allocated for a particular project, they shall remain allocated for that project and may only be re-allocated for any other purpose during the financial year with the approval of the NGCDF Board.
Further, Project Management Committees should only implement approved projects. Going by the above, the committee was in breach of the Law and it is now a well-known fact that residents did not get value for their money.
The Patron of the committee is MP Hon. Ong’ondo Were while the chairman is Joshua Moth. Other committee members are Monica Oketcha (Secretary), Fredrick Odeny, David Agwenge, John Onyango and Caroline Aoko.