By EDWIN CHESEREK
Residents of Marakwet West District want alleged misuse of Sh1.2 million Local Authority Transfer Fund (Latf) project probed.
The project would have ensured supply of clean water to the 15,000 residents of Chesuman location. The water was also to serve three learning institutions and a health centre.
Locals claimed that an engineer with the County Council of Marakwet who supervised the project conspired with the contractor to buy substandard pipes.
A committee that was set up to oversee the implementation of the project said it was not involved in the process leading to embezzlement of the funds.
“We have since realised that the money allocated by the Government to supply us with water did not serve the intended purpose,” said Benson Tenoi, the committee chairman.
Contacted by The Standard, area County Council chairman William Chesingany confirmed receiving the complaints.
He said he had ordered the concerned department to look into the matter and make recommendations.
“The council will dispatch a team to the ground to ascertain the reality of the matter and listen to the community’s grievances,” said Chesingany.
The chairman asked the residents to maintain calm, saying the council would get to the bottom of the controversy surrounding the project.
Last year, the council set aside money for the provision of clean water to the residents, who had been using unsafe water leading to disease outbreak.