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Sunday, 2 November 2014

UWEZO FUND DIRTY POLITICS IN MALAVA

Only 128 youths and women groups from Malava constituency of Kakamega North district in Kakamega county qualified to be awarded Sh12,750,000 out of the Sh21,858,995 million the constituency received from Uwezo Fund. The issue has raised eyebrows with those left out openly complaining bitterly.
They say area MP Moses Injendi was instrumental in having youths and women groups from his political support base considered while those perceived to be opposed to his style of leadership were left out.
According to a source close to the funds secretary general Roseline Naliaka, more than 650 forms were given to various groups from the constituency but only 229 forms were returned for vetting out of which only 128 will be awarded loans after meeting the laid down fund  rules.
Apart from politics, among the other issues that locked outmost of the groups was failure to follow the laid down procedures in group formation where some groups membership was below 10, the minimum number required while others violated laws in election of group officials as other groups were defaulters in past funds such as poverty funds and other youth funds.
Malava constituency consists of seven wards, West Kabras, South, and East, Manda/Shivanga, Butali/Chegulo, Chemuche and Mugai/Shirugu wards.