Cartels hijack heavily funded Kajiado municipalities

Cartels hijack heavily funded Kajiado municipalities

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An ambitious plan aimed at creating two municipalities in Kajiando county has been overshadowed by clashing personal interests putting the idea at the risk of losing billions of shillings from potential donors.

Consequently, governor Joseph Ole Lenku has locked horns with his county executive committee member in charge of lands and physical planning Hamilton Ole Parseina said to be frustrating the move.

Inside sources confided to Weekly Citizen that Parseina had protested that he had been sidelined and the project did not have any monetary gain and therefore was out to armtwist involved players with a view of securing kickbacks.

Ngong and Kajiado municipality have remained dysfunctional and their resources are yet to be transferred to the two entities two years after it was chartered and gazzeted.

Urban areas and cities Act 2011 subsection 21 (1) dictates that municipalities should operate independently from the county government.

The two managers at the municipalities are now at crossroads after a group led by Parseina deliberately interfered with the process to transfer staff from different departments in the county to work at the respective municipalities.

Kajiado municipality manager Parsimei Gitau and his Ngong counterpart are now piling pressure on the county government to speed up the transfer of staff in a bid to avert chances of missing donor funding.

Some of the donors that have shown interest in funding the twin projects are the World Bank, Kenya Urban Support Programmes, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, the European Union, Jica, USaid, UKaid and the UN among others.

During the financial year 2018/19, World Bank allocated the two municipalities Sh215 million and Sh50 million for Ngong and Kajiado respectively for tarmacking of various roads within their jurisdictions.

The debate over stalemate surrounding politics behind the two municipalities was freshly triggered during the recent BBI rally Kajiado chapter when Parsimei led a group of opinion leaders in agitating for the independence of the two entities.

They noted that it was only through empowerment that the municipalities would benefit from international bodies noting that the trend would see a drastic reduction in amount of money from the county government to respective municipalities.

However Ngong municipality manager Kuntai separately attacked the lands and physical planning officer lamenting that the delay was being orchestrated at his office out of personal interest even as governor Lenku had issued a clean bill of health to the empowerment of the two municipalities, long time ago.

Lands CS Karoney

Kuntai pointed accusing figure at perceived generals in the office of the governor who were burning the midnight oil to ensure that the project did not see the light of the day by staging unnecessary resistance.

A spot check by Weekly Citizen revealed a sorrow state of affairs where the two municipalities are operating without the full board and the existing board members are forced to use their own money in coordinating activities.

They are now fears that a whooping Sh40 million given to Kajiado by the World Bank through Urban Integrated Grant for training and empowering people about municipalities maybe wired back since there is no proper structure in place on how the money should be put to use.

There is raging struggle over the control of the money after it emerged that cartels technically retained the Sh40 million in the county accounts yet structures should be put in place to ensure that such funding are run by the municipality.

The county used its procurement and engineers to monitor the tarmacking of the roads.

Plans to suffocate municiaplities have also been protested by some civic leaders led by Nkaimurunya MCA James Waisha who noted that municipalities should be made fully functional.

Governor Lenku castigated CECM Parseina noting that he was the problem and at the same time directed him to ensure that the said municipalities are allocated their budget and staff with immediate effect.