Good governance and accountability will determine the future of our constituencies but the outstretched stealing of public coffers by those in government positions will make millions of Kenyans poorer.
The impunity that used to be witnessed on media is now live in Sotik where Committee members earning salaries and allowances allocate themselves, their family members and friends shouting amounts of money meant for the needy.
A local who sought anonymity alleged that as theft takes root, the area MP Dominic Koskei is busy managing own businesses among them, construction firm with an office opposite Bishop’s house, near valley road, Nairobi, leaving entire constituency operations to corrupt officials.
“ We blame the MP for leaving everything under the hands of corrupt officials yet he is the patron” he said
Koskei’s firm allegedly has a fleet of graders, excavators, backhoes and Lorries currently doing County and National government road works in different parts of the country which include Kamara Nakuru.
According to a letter addressed to EACC, DCI and DPP, the NG CDF chair Mr. Vincent Chirchir, who is studying in Kisii University, allocated himself sh.150, 000; sh. 50,000 in 2017/18 and 100,000 in 2018/19 financial year then awarded his kin at Masinde Muliro University another sh. 50,000 in 2018/19.
The worse of all is Constituency Manager Mr. Benard Kitur who allegedly awarded: son; daughter; daughter in law and girl lover’s daughter irrational amount of funds.
His son, Sang Victor a student at Kapkatet KTMC got sh. 37,000 and 80,000 in 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years respectively while his daughter Laura Chepkemoi in private primary school got sh. 25,000 in 2018/19 financial year.
The letter says Kitur daughter-in- law studying at KIMs College got sh. 50,000 while lover’s daughter Velma Chepkorir studying in Londiani girls got sh. 25,000 in 2018/19.
The letter adds that Major (Rtd) Joseph Koech, a committee member in 2017/18 allocated himself sh. 80,000 and a lover both studying in University of Kabianga sh. 30,000 in the same financial year.
In the unscrupulous sharing of government funds, Denis Koskei (Accounts assistant) who is also studying in University of Kabianga got sh. 30,000 while clerk Chepchirchir Koech in the same university took sh. 30,000.
Maybe subordinate Fancy Cheruiyot who secured sh. 25,000 for his son studying at Ngariet Boys deserved the amount she got.
Bowing down pressure from charged constituents, the MP suspended the development committee to pave way for investigation but the letter accuses him of taking part in issuing skewed contracts to four contracts namely: Acai Holding Ltd, Fremach Ltd, J & Soy Co. Ltd and Nuru Women.
The charged residents upset by the rot protested day long and permanently sealed the constituency offices’ main gate.
Koske is a first term MP and a son to former area MP Anthony Kimeto AKA Sotet.