Isiolo Leaders Put EACC Coordinator on Notice For Bribery
Isiolo County leaders have put the Coordinator of Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission in Isiolo on notice accusing him of taking bribes from the County government to help hide the corruption in the county. ” We have evidence that every evening when you close your office you go receive bribes from the county government” said Rehema Jaldesa, the Isiolo Women Rep, threatening to mobilise the people of the county to evict him from his office. She said the County chief is misappropriating funds and no one is going to court. The Women Rep said 30% of the funds used to build the County headquarters is a contribution from the ministry of Public Works. ”Let not the County government deceive the people, they should tell us where that money is going because I am a Transport committee member” said Rehema.
The County Senator Fatuma Dhulo questioned the sh300 Million relief money the county government received from the national government asking the people of Isiolo to look at the bigger picture and fight public funds mismanagement as a united force.
The County Chief sidestepped this and spoke about the controversial Land Adjudication issue pushed for by the national government. He said people should not be misled that they will be given title deeds when they have gone to court against it. This is in reference to the so-called Legal Notice 150 which has divided the people of Isiolo County. ”Let us withdraw the court case” said the County Chief and offered to sit down with other leaders to resolve the matter.
The legal notice is seen by many to be detrimental to the people of the county as they claim it will encourage land-grabbing and hit the poorest harder. They say the Adjudication proposed by the Ministry of Land will hugely impact on the lifestyle of the great majority of the county’s denizens who are nomads. Some experts claim that this Notice may turn large tracts of lands used by the communities for grazing into the hands of conservancies and few individuals.