Members of Parliament are responding to allegations insinuated by an audit report linking their constituencies to lost public funds amounting to KSh 4 billion.
The MPs whose constituencies were mentioned in the audit report have reacted angrily and pointed out inconsistencies while threatening to sue Auditor General Edward Ouko.
They say the audit report is a political move by the seating government while also saying that the Constituency Development Fund Act excludes them from the management of money.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale propagated the political move accusation against the Auditor General. Kilifi South MP Mustafa Iddi further backed Duale’s claim saying;
”MPs have no role in the management of CDF. Don’t make it political, my friend.”
The audit report points out failures by the Constituency Development Fund team in Duale’s Garissa Township constituency to account for KSh 9.1 million awarded for bursaries.
It further points out irregular awarding of tenders worth KSh 2.9 million and a KSh 6 million over-expenditure.
Starehe MP Maina Kamanda’s constituency was alleged in the report to have wasted KSh 39.6 million in the construction of toilets.
He dismissed the report, saying it was not factual since the facilities had been handed over for use by constituents.
Kieni MP Kanini Kega called the allegations towards his consistency false and alarming and a scheme to tanish his reputation.
”This information is absolutely false and absolute nonsense. If there are audit queries, it’s the CDF manager that is questioned. This is irresponsible and we shall meet in court.”
The Auditor General says that his constituency misspent KSh 21.4 million.
Balambala MP Abdikadir Aden joined Kanini Kega in dismissing the report, saying all the issues it raised will be addressed once it is tabled in Parliament.