At least 270 MPs stole or wasted billions of public funds disbursed to their constituencies in their first full year in office. A report by Auditor General Edward Ouko says MPs money squandered Sh3.85 billion under the Constituency Development Fund – the multibillion-shilling kitty that MPs get to implement community projects within their constituencies.

The money is almost equivalent to the conditional grant that counties get to run referral hospitals every year.

The 285 audit reports seen by The Standard on Sunday reveals the dubious money-swindling schemes that the MPs deployed in their first year in office soon after the National Treasury released Sh23 billion to the Fund.

The reports indict 273 constituencies and cleared 12. The reports of five constituencies – Kikuyu, Konoin, Baringo Central, Magarini and Kibra — are not part of the cache that was made public. There are 290 constituencies in Kenya.

Irregular allowances

The audit shows that some MPs turned their CDF offices into employment bureaus to create jobs for their cronies; hired consultants at exorbitant rates to design strategic plans for their constituencies that were neither launched nor publicly distributed; drew irregular sitting allowances; irregularly paid millions to train dozens of bodaboda operators how to ride motorcycles; paid for teachers to attend seminars far away from their constituencies; and awarded multimillion contracts irregularly. In one instance, a local chemist landed a lucrative contract to pave roads.

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