Jerrycan Scam: Bungoma County MCAs Pocketed Upto Sh40,000

Jerrycan Scam: Bungoma County MCAs Pocketed Upto Sh40,000

Bungoma County ward representatives shared over Sh2 Million of what was said to be 'WHO' funds, in efforts geared to slow down investigations into the Sh10,000 per jerrycan scam.

All 60 MCAs except six, elected and nominated lawmakers, are said to have pocketed between Sh30,000 and Sh40,000 during a meeting held at the county assembly on April 18.

According to an MCA who received Sh40,000, they (men and women elected to check misuse of public funds) were duped that the cash had come from the World Health Organization. 

"They told us to use the money to sensitize the public on coronavirus or at least use it for 'something' we can account for. We are shocked that the Executive was out to fix us with bribes," the lawmaker said.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has said that the ward reps received the money from a senior county official to go slow on the investigations.

The anti-graft body has since summoned the MCAs as investigations into the scandal continue to gather steam.

Six out of 60 MCAs who refused to collect the money have also been summoned to explain what they knew about the cash.

The county governor, Wycliffe Wangamati is on the spot for allegedly buying 600 20-litre handwashing jerrycans at Sh10,000 each among other inflated expenditure on materials for the county's fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Wangamati however, has vehemently denied the claims, saying the containers were donated by well-wishers whom he has declined to name to date.

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