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MCAs demand report on how Sh50m El Nino cash was used

By Robert Amalemba | March 28th 2016

The assembly has demanded to be told how the Sh50 million El Nino money was used.

The MCAs want Governor Wycliffe Oparanya's office to furnish them with a report detailing how the money was spent.

Minority Leader Titus Kwoma, Libinus Oduori (Mayoni ward) and Kelvin Olengo (Namamali) expressed fears that the money could have been misused, thus the delay and unwillingness by the Executive to table the report.

"The money was set aside to mitigate the effects of El Nino. The road networks in the country were damaged and bridges carried away yet no repairs were done. There were mudslides in Chebwaya in Malava sub-county. Houses were washed away in Kabras North and two children were killed by floods in Lwandeti but they never got help," said Mr Kwoma.

Mr Oduori said St Mathias Kholera Boys Secondary School in his ward was grappling with accommodation after one of the dormitories was destroyed by raging floods.

"The school has converted one of the classes into a dormitory. I petitioned the county executive to no avail," he said.

Most families living along River Nzoia had their homes washed away and are currently staying in makeshift homes.

Mr Olengo said the funds should be equitably decentralised to wards.

"Many families along rivers Sio, Isiukhu, Nzoia, Yala and other vulnerable areas were affected. I am yet to receive any county help from the El Nino funds in my ward despite markets, schools and homes having been destroyed," he said.

County Director of Communications Sumba Juma promised to issue a comprehensive statement on the matter.

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