Kitui Rural National Government- Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) has been put on the spot by the Auditor General over Delays in several development projects and works that were poorly done.
According to the audit report for the 2019/2020 financial year, a review of the project implementation status indicated that 137,367,724 was allocated to 55 projects. Out of the 55 projects, 27 projects amounting to 38,547,354 were completed while 23 projects which amounted to 94,561,336 were not yet completed.
The report further stated that five projects with a funding allocation of 4,259,034 were not commenced and there was no satisfactory explanation which was given as to why there were delays in the projects and others that had not commenced.
The Auditor General also queried the implementation projects worth 8.8 million Kenyan shillings after physical verification. A dormitory with a 200 pupils capacity in Kisasi secondary school that was constructed at a cost of 2.5 Million had cracks on the floor and space between the lintel and the roof. The auditor general also noted that the facility had not been handed to the school by the contractor yet the school needed the facility.
Cracks were also noted on the floor and walls near the windows of a 2 million 150 pupil capacity dormitory of Mosa Primary School, and it was not handed over to the school by the contractor.
In Nzeve Primary School, a dormitory of 120 pupils capacity constructed at 1.8 Million was operational but underutilized since the school could not buy more beds. The auditor general also noted that the school lacked a proper girls’ ablution block which should have been given priority by Kitui Rural Constituency.
The Auditor also queried electrical works that had not been done in the 150-pupil dining hall constructed for 2.5 Million in Kyathani Mixed secondary school. The paintwork had not been included in the initial bill of quantities and plumbing works had not been done.
Further, A stolen cheque worth 970,000 was not recovered which made two projects worth 900,000 not to be implemented. Even after the management reported the matter to the police, the cheque was never recovered.