A section of Nairobi Members of County Assembly (MCAs) has been looting money meant to support education programs meant for the poor students.
According to our close source at Cityhall who did not want anonymity, the legislators have devised a mechanism where they sign fake bursaries with rogue student names and even a school that doesn’t exist.
The rot is believed to have begun during governor Evans Kidero’s tenure but the scheme was exposed by embattled Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
One of the perfect few examples includes that of Kitisuru MCA Alvin Palapala were in 2018 alone looted millions of money meant for the vulnerable.
The loot had since seen him lock horns with Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko as he was recorded saying how Sonko made it tough for him to loot as compared to Kidero’s reign.
“During Kideros error, we could loot millions through bursaries but Sonko has come in and interfered with our businesses. We’re currently broke than ever before,” Kitisuru MCA Alvin Palapala was heard saying in a leaked phone conversation with one of his colleagues.
According to documents in the possession, the members could sign fake bursaries with non-existing student names, then divert the bursary funds into their own private accounts.
The documents have implicated Kitisuru ward MCA Alvin Palapala, Kabudho Education Center as well as minority leader David Mberia’s personal assistant.
Our efforts to get comments from Kabudho Education Center and Mberia’s assistant were futile.
However, Mca Palala said the Director of Public Prosecution dropped the case in 2018 as it lacked evidence in the alleged misappropriation of bursary funds.
After governor Sonko noticing the scheme by a section of mcas, he opted to transfer bursaries direct to students’ various school accounts to avoid the looting spree by the honorable members.
This comes at a time bright but needy students in Nairobi county are struggling with lack of school fees to further their education.