Homa Bay county operates on donor funding former MCA reveals

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Hon Kennedy Ondiek, former MCA, Kibiri ward, Homa Bay.

It is now emerging that Homa Bay county is operating on donor funding. According to former Kibiri MCA Kennedy Ondiek whenever there is a project by county government, the people of Homa Bay county should be asking of those projects are county government funded or donor funded projects. “Can we be told where our money is?” He paused. He then listed a number of projects that are donor funded and not county government funded. This is what he had to say:

“Nyakwere Market is being constructed by UNHABITAT’s Urban Economy and Municipal Finance Branch at a cost of USD 250,000.

Oyugis market is a Ksh336 million project and is a joint venture between the county and the national government, which is expected to see Oyugis Market expanded and equipped with modern facilities. Homa Bay County only contributed Ksh. 20 million of the Ksh. 336 million. So in this case, whose money is constructing Oyugis market between county and national government?

Just the other year, our Governor Cyprian Awiti joined Turkish health partners, Delta Trade Company and Standard Medical group for a groundbreaking ceremony of the 210 Bed capacity hospital facility worth Sh3.8 billion donated by the two organisations at the county referral grounds. Our county only offered land and security.

Homa Bay market is World Bank funded through the Municipality Development Programme through the Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) at a cost of Ksh. 119 million to upgrade Homa Bay town.

Community libraries were set up through partnership with Just Be A Child UK which was to establish two community libraries in May and June 2019. The libraries would be set-up in Ndhiwa (Ndhiwa Town) and Kabondo Kasipul (Mikayi Trading Center) sub counties. The association is supported by Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven UK, Trade Aid Trust Fund and Just Be a Child UK among other partners to promote education, learning and training of the Kenyan children and youth and not the county government of Homa Bay. We only offered land.

Vocational Training Centers in Ndhiwa and Suba South were also set to benefit from tools and equipment worth Ksh. 2 million donated from two UK donors. The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, UK and Trade-Aid Trust Fund acted upon a request by the county resource mobilizer, Mr. Bonyo Ochieng Richard. It was around this time that Bonyo sought for county funding even to pay transport in vein.

The County Government of Homabay through the Department of Health even received a total of KSH 25 Million from two Swedish based organisations towards the promotion of universal Healthcare in the County. International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) and Center for Rural Medicine did provide funds for the three year project that was expected to revolutionise Healthcare in the County, but where do the money go? Money that comes directly, it sinks in the single pocket except for those donors who provide items instead of money.

For these details, you can visit Homa Bay County website.

As at now, the only project said to be undertaken by the county government is the Stadium which is being constructed by Carolina Co Ltd, the company which Koriko used to swindle the money meant for the construction of the Animal feeds’ factory in Arujo Ward.

The company constructing the market which is claimed to be owned by Chinese is owned by Koriko and it has Koriko’s second wife as partner. As at now, they have prepared a payment certificate of Ksh. 16 million to be paid only for “clearing and mobilization”. This is actually the reason why CECM Hon. Beatrice Ogolla was moved from Lands Ministry to Energy to pave way for this fraudulent dealings.

Koriko’s (CEC for Finance) girlfriend Nancy Okeyo is the one having the tender for cleaning Kendu Bay town together with Mr. Paul Ojwang who’s is currently constructing a gorofa for him in Kendu Bay next to Roman Green just before Pikadili on your way to Kisumu. He ensures that these two are paid monthly and promptly while the other cleaners like Tema Nyang’, Opande Kipande Dan, Oscer and others have to beg and wait.

This is the reason why I insist that Homa Bay County cannot see any development if Koriko does not allow our funds to be used for intended purposes.”

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