Ksh 1.2 Billion World Bank Fund at Risk of Misappropriation Say Fafi Constituents
Locals from Fafi Constituency and the Garissa Women Rep Anab Subow are appealing to the World Bank and the Office of the President to suspend Ksh 1.2 Billion allocated to FAFI constituency as part of Refugee Host Community Fund known as Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impact (KDRDI) that was intended to compensate for the negative environmental and socio-economic impact caused by the avalanche of refugees from neighbouring war torn countries. Fafi is one of the 4 constituencies in North Eastern Province hosting more than 250 thousand refugees for close to 3 decades.
The KDRDI Fund administered through the Office of the President is said to have released Ksh 1.2 Billion to Faida, a local NGO managed by the area MP Abdikarim Osman and chaired by the Garissa County’s Lands CEC Mohamed Shale. Residents who have spoken to the media complained of Faida and accused its leaders of Misappropriation of the public funds provided by the World Bank. The Garissa Women Rep Anab Subow said that Shale who is a County Government employee cannot chair the NGO and asked the World Bank to intervene “before funds are embezzled and the residents lose out on development”. Residents who joined her and were drawn from across the Constituency said ”Faida is a personal company and not an NGO and should not be given the mandate to manage funds intended for the development of the constituency”. They appealed to the World Bank and the national government to suspend the money and institute a fresh process of selecting other reputable organizations to manage the fund.
A similar concern has been raised in Wajir South Constituency few months ago where it was alleged that an NGO run by the area MP was awarded the contract to manage the KDRDI fund. Residents and other stakeholders claimed that this is a conflict of interest and may result in misappropriation of the funds. They asked the World Bank to suspend the award and institute a fresh stakeholder consultation and selection of organizations to manage the fund.