Written by John Kabaka
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An audit report prepared by a civil society group highlighting the worst projects funded by taxpayers in nine constituencies currently represented in parliament by aspiring presidential contenders over the past five years will be released to the public next month.
The National Taxpayers Association (NTA) announced at a media briefing in Kakamega that a draft on the findings of the audit of four selected Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects in each of the constituencies where the funds were not justified was due for publication.
NTA program officer Martin Napisa said six of the presidential aspirants have made their comments on the report submitted to them for perusal adding the NTA was planning to publish the draft before releasing it to the public in August.
Napisa however, said audit report highlighting four poorly done projects in Kajiado North constituency represented in parliament by the late minister for internal security and provincial administration Prof George Saitoti- who was a PNU party presidential candidate has been expunged from the draft.
The draft has an audit report of CDF projects in Lang'ata presented by Prime minister Raila Odinga, Deputy Prime minister Musalia Mudavadi and Uhuru Kenyatta who are MP's for Sabatia and Gatundu North, William Ruto (Eldoret North), Peter Kenneth (Gatanga), Martha Karua (Gichugu), Mutava Musyimi (Gachoka) and Moses Wetangula (Sirisia).
Making the disclosure, Napisa however, declined to declare the two presidential aspirants that have failed to give their comments on the report touching on projects in the constituency only admitting the matter has already generated heat as the candidates view it as a plot on the broadside.
The latest initiative by the civil society group began in February when the NTA send out questionnaires to constituents in the selected areas allowing the public to identify some of the worst CDF funded projects in the constituency.
This was followed by an audit by officials and experts from the NTA. Napisa said the release of the report would be followed by a second phase of the audit that would involve the identification two of the best done CDF projects in the constituencies.
The survey, he said seeks to provide the two sides of the performance of the Mps and their Constituency Development Fund Committees (CDFC) in the management of taxpayers’ funds.
The official made the remarks at Golf Hotel when he hosted the media and the county commissioners in Western province to a luncheon that also served to establish a network with the new county administrators and to review the successes of the recently launched regional NTA complaints call centre.
Present were county commissioners Joyce Isiaho (Busia) William Kiprono (Vihiga) and the host Kobia Wakamau (Kakamega) as well as the outgoing western regional commissioner Peter Okwanyo who has been posted to West Pokot County.
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