County government on spot over bursary funds

Bungoma County government is on the spot over corruption in the allocation of bursary funds to bright but needy students.

Angered residents on social are accusing Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, of reneging on his earlier pledges of ensuring transparency in the fund accusing him of instead playing Public Relations stunts.

Led by Khalaba ward MCA Okumu Majimbo, the residents are accusing the executive of planning to reallocate money meant for other projects to bursaries which they noted hitherto lacked transparency, hence paralyzing other sectors of development.

Majimbo raised these sentiments during the consideration of the Budget 2017/18, that the

county assembly approved a sum of Sh20 million towards the renovation of Kanduyi stadium.

The new county executive through the 1st supplementary budget has recommended that the 20 million shillings be removed and be allocated to bursary fund. This is unacceptable, and we will resist in the assembly until the recommendation is defeated during the debate, Majimbo

warned.

But in a quick rejoinder, Education Chief Officer Monicah Fedha said instructions on the amount to be allocated to each student were very clear as ordered by the Governor.

The minimum allocation for boarders in any given institution is 10,000 shillings while for day scholars, we are supporting lunch expenses at 5,000 shillings, which may be paid in two tranches, she said adding that only 3 Wards had submitted their lists of beneficiaries to her office.

I am under strict instructions to ensure that the directive given by County Chief concerning the allocated amounts is adhered to, she said warning that her office will not process any fees disbursement to schools based on some lists that defy the Governor’s policy directive.

In December 2017, Wangamati announced that his administration had saved S00 million and is planning to save S.2 billion by June 2018 through fighting corruption cartels and banning of foreign travels for senior county government officials.

In order to reduce wastage of resources which can be ploughed back to the community, my administration has stopped all unnecessary foreign trips and all seminars will be held within the county hotels. Corruption will completely be slayed during my term in office, he said.

Wangamati said that 40,000 beneficiaries will each get S0, 000 from the Sh400 million allocated for bursaries this year. He said in the first phase, the county government will distribute S80 million and wait for the passage of the supplementary budget by the county assembly where Sh220 million will be distributed later.

Source: Kenya News Agency