-Uasin Gishu county administration has been accused of stealing funds earmarked for the disabled community
In yet another huge corruption scandal in Governor Jackson Mandago’s administration, it has been revealed that a Ksh 20 million Disability Fund set up to assist the physically challenged residents in the county has been embezzled.
The fund was set up after Members of the Uasin Gishu County Assembly (MCAs) passed a motion, after which Ksh 20 million was allocated, initially, for the process. However, the responsibility of implementing the tasks therein were left to the county government.
Two years since the motion was passed, nothing tangible has taken place.
A Census of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) was carried out, while seminars were held in hotels in order to discuss the issues that affect the PWDs and prepare reports on the same.
Sadly, a whopping Ksh 10 million of the total allocated for the Disability Fund was spent on the preparatory stages of implementation.
This comes even as Mandago denies having misappropriated Ksh 4.5 billion from the county coffers.
It has been confirmed that the monies meant to go to the PWDs has already been utilized for other purposes other than the originally intended ones.
The cries of PWDs have continuously fallen on deaf ears.
According to Mr Yego, the coordinator of PWDs in Uasin Gishu county, their members have suffered having to endure the long wait, with their dream of benefiting from their allocation being reduced to a mirage.
The Ksh 20 million meant for the Disability Fund is yet to be accounted for and its whereabouts traced.
A similar failed project whose funds were also unaccounted for is the Kijana Na Heka program, which was meant to support young people to carry out intensive one acre farming activities.
The initial design was each youth participating to receive grants of half a million i.e. Ksh 500,000, upon producing evidence of land availability.
The program later took on a political dimension in a bid to chase the numbers of youth who had applied to participate.