More than 70 MPs are on spot for misusing millions of shillings meant to benefit bright students from poor backgrounds within their constituencies.
Auditor General Nancy Gathungu’s latest report indicates that the money meant for bursaries has been misappropriated by over 70 electoral units. They failed to give account for the funds set aside to educate students from poor family backgrounds.
The reports come when the principals of various schools across the country have defied the directives from the Ministry of Education not to send students home for school fees once they report for the second term 2021academic year.
Auditor General also reported that besides accountability of bursary funds, the PMs have failed to complete the school projects most of which had stalled in their constituencies.
She further report that the registers showing names of applicants, application details and names of schools or colleges attended were not provided and therefore it could not be determined whether the beneficiaries had applied for the bursaries or not.
She further revealed that the audit report from Kilifi South National Government Constituency Development Funds, NGCDF showed registration numbers of schools for 77 beneficiaries of 1.7 million shillings were not included.
The report also identified other anomalies where Shs 278,000 was allocated to 12 beneficiaries during disbursements of the bursary funds. T
For instance, four of the beneficiaries were awarded sh 20000 each despite having similar registration numbers, 7 others were each awarded two bursaries for different institutions and lastly one make student who was shown attending a girls school was awarded sh 35000.
Other constituencies in the list of shane include Tigania, Ikolomani, Mathare, Maragua, Borabu, Mandera East, Tongaren, Dadaab among others.
It is too unfortunate that the funds set aside to support the education of students from poor families end being misappropriated and can not be accounted for from over 70 constituencies across the country.