Turkana North received the largest share of CDF funds in the 2010 FY to the tune of Kshs 107 million, a reflection of the fact that it is one of the the poorest constituencies in the country with approximately 281,542 poor people out of a constituency population of 313,748 according to government statistics.
So it is shocking to read in the local papers that despite the pressing needs and the resources allocated to the constituency via the constituency development funds, that kshs 50 million of allocated development funds for Turkana North constituency have allegedly been embezzled.
The CDF chairman and the current MP John Munyes are said to be behind the mismanagement of the funds. Allegations of mismanagement of the Turkana North CDF funds and abuse of office, particularly by the Chair of the John Lokumachom (Lowa), have appeared on Mzalendo as early as 2008, it is good that an audit has finally been done by local organizations (though one wonders what the government CDF audit office is doing?) – hopefully the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission will take the investigations further.