BY GOVERNOR’S PRESS UNIT
Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka has revealed that some of the principals of the schools which benefited from the scholarships funds offered by the previous regime have started refunding the cash paid to ghost students.
Even though he didn’t reveal the schools in question but Lusaka was categorical that the Principals fearing for the repercussions had started refunding the cash siphoned by the previous administration.
Lusaka had formed three task forces to look into pending bills, human resource and the scholarship scheme.
Speaking at St.Jude Catholic church Muanda in Bumula constituency on Sunday, Lusaka vowed to streamline the county Schorlaship program and clean the county payroll.
Lusaka said no amount of coercion nor intimidation will stop him from pursuing the course.
He said that the preliminary reports by three task forces had revealed shocking anomalies in the Schorlaship and county payroll which urgently needed to be addressed.
“Some schools continued to receive monies for Schorlaship beneficiaries who already cleared form four and left while others had none existitent beneficiaries,” Said Lusaka.
Lusaka said all this came against the back drop that there were so many needy students who were at home due to lack of school fees.
“Why should the county pay for ghost students yet we have genuine needy students staying at home due to lack of school fees ,” Said Lusaka.
He refuted claims that his decision was out of witch – hunt and scrapping the scholarship programs.
“This is anoble idea that was being done wrongly with massive graft,” said Lusaka.
The governor at the same time said he will clean up the county payroll saying preliminary reports had shown that the county pays staff who don’t work.
“In one incident we called a person who receives salary from the county ministry of health only for the person to say he works in a hotel in Nairobi,”Said Lusaka.
He further said that village administrators will not be fired but instead the list will be cleaned to have only bonafide people.
“Some people who were hired had zero papers while others are beyond the employement age of government,” Said Lusaka.
The governor also used the opportunity to campaign for Ford Kenya senatorial candidate Wafula Wakoli describing him as a young energetic leader who is best suited for the seat.
“We have been saying we will empower youths and this is a great opportunity to do exactly that,” said Lusaka.
He said he was opportunistic that Wakoli will emerge victorious in the coming by elections.