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Raila orders probe into disability funds

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday suspended the boards of National Council for Persons with Disability and the National Development Fund for the Disabled over reports of misappropriation of funds for the disabled persons amounting to Sh1.8 billion.

This follows media reports of some persons within the boards colluding to steal monies meant for the disabled.

He asked the Efficiency Monitoring Unit to conduct a forensic audit of the two organisations to determine the extent of the sleaze and report to him in two weeks.

“Anyone found to have misappropriated money from the two organisations will face the full force of the law,” he said while addressing members of the caucus of disabled persons.

The Premier expressed concern that the two organisations had no proper structures that could enable the disabled access funds given by the government and development partners.

Noting that the constitution protected the rights of all Kenyans including the disabled persons, the PM said the government would take appropriate action to ensure that the rights of the disabled persons were protected as enshrined in the law.

The chairman of the disabled caucus Vincent Odour alleged that many people with disabilities had not accessed the money for the last four years yet officials of the two organisations had formed companies through which they siphoned money.

The government gives an annual budgetary allocation meant to assist persons with disabilities.

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