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Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 19:52 EAT
Residents of Kangundo Constituency in Machakos want the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate corruption allegations on the use of devolved funds. The residents have written to EACC to investigate corruption and nepotism allegations tabled against area MP Katatha Maweu, whom they accuse of dismissing some members from the CDF Board and employing people he can manipulate.
In a letter seen by this website, the residents want the EACC to investigate nepotism claims that the MP has employed many people from his West Ward to his office in Kangundo. The letter alleges that since Mr Maweu rose to power in 2013, he has been awarding contracts to the same companies and individuals, and some of the beneficiaries are entities close to his close allies.
The residents claim that Mr Maweu has been the main supplier of construction materials in almost all CDF projects with payments being made to his bank account by either cash or cheque at Co-operative Bank Tala Branch. They added that the MP has been using the CDF vehicle to attend political meetings after his vehicle broke down which they said is against the law.
Other allegations are that the MP through his personal assistant Sam Muthusi has been working in carhoots with school headmasters whose children are bursary beneficiaries to withdraw monies from the public fund which later share amongst themselves.
The residents are calling on the EACC to investigate some schools mentioned and school heads to scrutinize their bank accounts and M-Pesa transactions.
Other claims are that the MP has been setting aside Sh2 million every year to reward his close associates and allies whereby they are calling on the anti-corruption body to move with speed and investigate the matter so as to avoid excessive loss of money.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press