Investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Monday, March 2 questioned Garissa Governor Ali Korane over the alleged embezzlement of a Ksh233 million grant from the World Bank.
In a statement, EACC disclosed that part of the funds were allegedly diverted to the personal accounts of county government officials and withdrawn by individuals linked to the governor.
It was further revealed that some of the projects that were to be paid for by the grant could not be verified.
File image of Garissa Governor Ali Korane
“EACC is investigating allegations of embezzlement of Ksh233,506,000 given as a grant by the World Bank to the County Government of Garissa
“A complaint was made to the commission that the funds meant for infrastructure developments were diverted from the account of Garissa Municipal Board to individual accounts of county government officials without approval from the National Treasury.
“The cash was withdrawn by some county officials associated with the governor and used on some projects which could not be verified on the ground,” the statement read in part.
The grant was released by the World Bank as part of the institution’s Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP).
The Ksh23 billion programme saw various counties with the exception of Nairobi and Mombasa receive funds to support various infrastructure projects tied to urbanisation.
According to the World Bank, the objective of the program is to establish and strengthen urban institutions to deliver improved infrastructure and services in participating counties in Kenya.
Counties in Northern Kenya were generally allocated greater funds that counties in other regions due to the history of marginalisation that led to under-development.
Korane has in recent weeks been vocal in his support of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and hosted the BBI regional rally in North Eastern in Garissa on Sunday, February 23.
Korane particularly voiced his disappointment with the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) after more than 1,000 non-local teachers were transferred over security fears.
“Thousands of pupils and students in the North-Eastern region are going through hard times. Our children are undermined. That [transfer of teachers] is infringing on their constitutional rights,” he stated vowing to challenge the move in court.
Garissa Governor Ali Korane hands a garment to Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa when he visited Garissa on February 27, 2020