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Taita Taveta – What happened to Sh859m World Bank funds?

Taita Taveta – What happened to Sh859m World Bank funds?

MCAs in Taita Taveta have asked the county executive to provide the assembly with documents that could explain how the local government spent Sh859 million donated by the World Bank earmarked to improve water and sanitation services in the county. To date no documents have been released.

The World Bank funding was part of Sh2.5 billion donated for major water and sanitation projects in the County, part of a Sh10 billion package to improve water and sanitation in six Coast counties.

Last week Water and Sanitation Executive Esther Myanyumba and two other officials from the department, together with two Taita Taveta Water and Sewage Company (Tevevo) officials, were ejected from a meeting for failing to bring key documents that could cast light on the apparently missing funds. The officials also failed to provide details of the 11 companies bidding for local projects and an evaluation report on projects funded by donors.

PAC Chairman Anselim Mwadime told the media, “We are the legislative arm of the county government. It is wrong for the executive to frustrate our oversight role. We are inviting the Ethic and Ant-Corruption Commission and Directorate of Criminal Investigations to investigate how World Bank funds were used because little appears to have been done”.

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