Governor Sang’s administration is on the spot over the purchase of 400 bags of cement for the construction of 30 ECDE classrooms, projects that have stalled for the last 2 years.
According to leaked documents doing rounds on social media, the Department of Education Research & Vocational Training used Ksh 3,640,000 to buy 400 bags of cement in the Financial Year 2017/2018.
The document showing the variation costs for the ECDE projects carries the official stamp of the Chief Officer of the department and dated 9 June 2020.
The document has raised eyebrows among Nandi residents and Kenyan netizens with speculations that the cement was overpriced given that a 50 KG bag of cement in Kenya costs sh 550.
From the document, the county government of Nandi spent sh 9100 in one bag of cement.
Speaking to The Daily Statesman an ex-official of the department who sought anonymity said the leaked documents are just but the tip of the iceberg.
” Every employee of the county government is living in fear because of threats. I believe a time has come for the Nandi people to know the truth, ” she said.
In May 2019, seven county employees were arrested after 400 bags of cement and 637 iron sheets meant for the ECDE project were stolen.
However, according to sources from the team who were in charge of the investigation, top officials in the county government became a stumbling block because they did not want the matter to be handled in court for fear of exposing them.
The new development surrounding the misuse of public resources in the education docket comes amidst an ongoing investigation into misuse of World Bank funds under the Kenya Urban Support Program(KUSP).
According to information before the County Assembly of Nandi, the board of Kapsabet Town Municipality colluded with the county executive to divert money from the public coffers to private accounts.
Our efforts to reach the Chief Executive member for education for a comment bore no fruits.