Garissa Governor Ali Korane has denied accusations by a section of local legislators that he was sabotaging implementation of the World Bank-funded Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impacts.
Instead, Korane threw back the blame at the MPs, who he accused of meddling in the project by assuming the role of facilitating partner, a role he said the County Coordination Committee co-chaired with County Secretary.
“These MPs want to blackmail me to accept and tell residents that everything is alright. They bypassed the county coordination committee and went to the national committee to have the money released into their accounts yet they receive the Constituency Development Fund,” Korane said.
“So far, they have received over Sh300 million. They should explain how they have spent the money instead of dragging my name into the project,” he added.
Earlier, the MPs had accused the government of demanding to have signatories of bank accounts for the project.
The MPs Mohamed Dahiye (Dadaab), Mohamed Hire (Lagdera) and Abdikarim Osman (Fafi) said the access to basic social amenities, expanded economic opportunities and enhancement of environmental management for communities hosting the refugees would remain a dream if the national government does not intervene.
“This project is one of his kind. It has delivered services which the county government has failed to deliver to more than 50 per cent of the residents of Garissa,” Lagdera MP said.
“It’s a project that will put money into the pockets of thousands of households of our people and help them during this period of drought, covid-19 and poor state of the economy”, he said.
Hire asked the county government to stop interfering with funding and support of service delivery to the residents and further appealed to Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa to intervene.
“We appeal to CS to stand firm against county government misusing your office by people whose sole objective is to make this project a cash cow”, Hire said
Garissa received the lion’s share of Sh4.2 billion, Sh2 billion for Wajir and Sh3.1 billion.