By Anita Ober
On the early morning of August 8th 2017, people of the great Kabondo Kasipul Constituency woke up in their numbers to elect an MP whom they believed would change their lives for the better.
Their resolute to deny the youthful Sylvance Osele a second term in office was based on the hyped campaign by Dr Eve Obara the current MP. Osele was blamed for not contributing to the raising of education standards in the area and lack of management skills in running the CDF and other administrative functions of the Constituency. Though this might be some of the setbacks he faced during his tenure, we can’t blame him much as he was young and needed more time in the public service to get acquainted with the uphill task.
This there gave miss Obara a perfect opportunity to fit in the gaps that the people saw in Osele. Being a career Educationist, matter related to the academia were therefore thought to be in safe hands. Secondly, before coming to politics, Eve had worked in several organizations and in senior managerial levels, the last being the CEO to the nation’s leading publisher, the Kenya Literature Bureau. The last key factor was the gender question. The Constituency and region as a whole had had no female MP ever. The women therefore found an opportunity to have their own in the Parliament and truth be told, they religiously stood by her in a hotly contested poll.
With all these factors combined, Madam was therefore assured of a victory. “She promised us a Bed Roses once elected to office, our affliction will remain a thing of the past and our Children will be amongst the most read in East and Central Africa”, said Alice Awino, a fish monger in Ringa Market during an interview with Uji Moto field correspondent. “She had promised to improve infrastructure in schools, fair disbursement of bursaries and lobby for Books and other learning materials from Government and other well-wishers. On the issue of Student Teacher ratio, she had outlined that she would negotiate with the TSC to have more teachers posted to our school”, added Mzee Joseph Okello a retired teacher from Kowidi location.
Three years down the line, there is nothing to show for on the ground. Most schools which had CDF initiated projects are yet to have them completed or have had their projects handed over incomplete. Schools such as Otel, God Agak Primary schools, Ringa boys, Wang’apala and Got Got Rateng Secondary schools were handed over incomplete facilities as the money that was set aside for the development was embezzled.
According to our investigation and sources within the CDF offices, the Kickback syndrome is what has infringed into the heads of the MP and her cronies. Madam, works with a certain ‘Mtumba’ lady as her handbag lady to collect kickbacks from any contributions or donations disbursed either through CDF or through her influences, which includes Harambees and donor funding. She received around kshs 450,000 from Ringa Boys, kshs 750,000 from Wangapala High school, all after CDF disbursement. Ponge Primary school received a cheque of kshs 500,000 and kshs 150,000 was kicked back via the same ‘mtumba’ lady.
These actions have really demoralized the CDF Commitee and staff. Those not playing to the tune are either threatened with dismissal or bodily harm. Our source further revealed that the CDF projects are always over quoted and in some instance led to the suspension of the IFMIS network system as books could not tally.
“Our prayer as staff is for the people of Kabondo to come out and demand for the accountability of their projects before 2022 as its from their taxation that they are being funded” our source quoted as his closing remarks. It is therefore up on the people of Kabondo and the great Kasipul to demand what is rightfully theirs.