May 28, 2022

MP Threatens to Sue Daily Nation Over ‘ghost students’ Report

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Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i has threatened to sue the Daily Nation if it does not give an apology in seven days over a statement posted in Sunday Nation on February 20 about ghost students receiving CDF bursaries amounting to Sh 23 million.

King’ang’i said the statement was taken out of context because the certificate which his office received for the year under review (2019/2020) from the office of the Auditor General clearly stated that the funds in question were Sh2.04 million which was meant for tertiary institutions.

“This is a matter of grave concern to me as it amounts to malice and witch-hunt because as far as I am concerned there is no money lost and there are no ghost students here,” the MP said.

Speaking on Monday from area CDF offices located in Kiritiri Township, the MP said the amount alleged to have gone to ghost students was the total amount allocated for bursaries that year.

“If what has been alleged is anything to go by, then it means no student received bursary funds that whole year which is not true because we have records of all beneficiaries,” King’ang’i said.

He continued,” I invite the CDF Board or even the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to send investigators here to conclude whether there are ghost students here,” said the legislator.

King’ang’i clarified that the audit query over the Sh2.04 million arose as the office out of time constraints failed to furnish the office of the Auditor General with individual acknowledgment receipts for every beneficiary as most of the institutions gave block receipts for all the students.

The MP said by the time his office was getting individual receipts from the institutions, the report was already out, but clarified that they had already complied.

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