Five Members of Parliament from the Orange Democratic Movement have defended Prime Minister Raila Odinga over alleged misappropriation of funds meant for youth empowerment under the Kazi kwa Vijana initiative saying it is a political witch-hunt. The MPs led by Rarieda legislator Nicholas Gumbo said line ministries should take political responsibility and not the PM who is the supervisor of ministries. “That function does not entail execution and that is why when Anglo-Leasing happened no one asked the President to resign, it was the line ministers that were asked to resign. So why do you want to ask him (Odinga) and the responsibility of execution lies in the Ministries of Environment, Forestry, Water and all the other ministries?,” he said. MPs Pollyns Ochieng (Nyakach) and Benjamin Washiali (Mumias) called for patience until the World Bank finalises investigations into the loss of an estimated Sh900 million disbursed to the project. “This amount was actually used to fuel government vehicles that were used to supervise this project. That is where the World Bank lays claim that they never authorized the government to use the Sh900 million to fuel vehicles. They said their money was to go direct to the projects and this is what some people are trying to hype so much,” Ochieng said. Leaders of the G7 political grouping have called on Prime Minister Raila Odinga to resign after a World Bank report implicated officials in his office for misusing funds meant for the Kazi kwa Vijana project. At the same time, Migori MP John Pesa urged rivals against politicising the issue..More info click here
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