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Homa Bay elected leaders who handle public funds have challenged to stop the culture of hiking public funds in procurement of development projects. National Treasury currently allocates funds to elected leaders such as MPs, woman representatives and governors. Chairman of the Lake Basin Development Authority Odoyo Owidi has accused a number of the leaders of hiking cost of development projects to create room for squandering public funds.
Owidi who is also the spokesman of Rachuonyo Unity has expressed concerns over the tendency of leaders in the county of mishandling public funds. He argued that hiking of tendering costs and misuse of deter locals from getting development projects implemented in the area.
Speaking during a fundraiser in aid of Got Ndonyo church in Karachuonyo constituency on Sunday , Owidi accused the leaders of the tendency of making budgets for given projects but end up spending less than the amount of money indicated on records.
“We get surprised to hear that an MP, woman representative or governor has undertaken a project worth a given amount of money yet the actual value of the project is less than the amount in the records,” Owidi said.
The chairman said residents have a right of getting development with their funds channeled through the elected leaders. He argued that some leaders have formed a tendency of engaging locals in Ohangla dances and buy them umbrellas at the expense of projects that can transform their lives. Homa Bay county has eight constituencies. “An elected leader who put poor people to dance and buy them umbrellas is embezzling funds,” Owidi said.
Owidi who was hosted by Kibiri ward MCA Michael Odira warned Homa Bay residents against failure to demand tangible projects from their leaders. “If they come and ask you to join them in a dance you should stop them and ask them development projects they promised,” he added.
He challenged the leaders to point out any major project which has been done in the county for residents. “I urge our leaders in the county to observe the principle of value for money in implementation of development projects. We will not achieve the expected economic development if this trend continues,” he said.
The chairman said such leaders were hoodwinking residents that they were transforming their lives yet they are not making any impact.
“It is wrong to mislead the public with a project like buying umbrellas and other small projects in the name of transforming their lives. Let the leaders stop misleading the people,” he added. The chairman urged the electorate to know that developments projects done with public funds are their right.
“Let residents know that it is the right of the elected leaders to provide them with development projects with the public funds. Nobody should tell them they are being favoured,” he added.