A section of University and College students have called for the overhaul of Mbita Constituency Development Fund bursary (CDF) Committee over the alleged discrimination in the disbursement of  fund.
Led by John Ouma Obonyo of Masinde Muliro, Erick Wasonga of Egerton and Emmanuel Onyango of Kenyatta Universities, the students alleged that the total orphans and needy students hailing from the Constituency are not all given the amount of bursary applied for.
The students said the Committee lacks transparency since whenever the funds have been disbursed to successful candidates the list has never been availed to the public which has raised eyebrows.
“The list of both the successful and non successful applicants is being hidden from us. It has never been made public even after attending a meeting with them and recommending that the list be made public in relevant government offices which have made us to question the transparency and accountability of the committee.”Obonyo said.
The students also alleged that the bursary fund is being carried out along political affiliation and nepotism.
In 2010/2011 list of beneficiaries presented by the students; most of the beneficiaries come from the Lambwe/Waondo and Kasgunga regions which is the home tuff of the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Otieno Kajwang who is also the CDF patron.
They also said the members of the committee have been awarding the bursary to their relatives who are not needy at all.
Their effort to meet Kajwang over the CDF issue has been thwarted after their request was not honored.
“We wrote a letter to the Hon. Kajwang requesting him to meet us over the CDF but failed. When we enquired clarification from the secretary CDF Committee she told us that if we want to meet the MP, we should go to Nairobi.” they said.
They claimed that the Committee has been reluctant in making public the records of how the bursary funds are disbursed leading to a reasonable presumption that there may be “ghost” students
 “The list for the College applicants that were shown to us during our meeting with the committee members and the CDF website misses many records of the applicants thus raises eyebrows on how public funds are being managed.” They said.
When contacted the fund account manager Mr. Andrew Gori disputed the claims saying he could not comment on the issue before consulting other committee members
They now want the Planning Minister Wyclife Oparanya to appoint an arbitrator to determine the dispute and grant the complainants leave to file the dispute in court.
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MBITA August 29, 2011

A section of ODM MPs have shanned Tujus’s desire to contest for presidency against Nyanza’s favorite Odinga.

The leaders led by Ugenya MP James Orengo, Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo and Otieno kajwang of Mbita told Raphael Tuju who declared his presidential bid on Sunday that he has no place in Nyanza and in Kenya as a whole as a president.

This comes the same day the former advisor to president Kibaki and minister for foreign Affairs launches his bid for Presidency.

During his launch the former Rarienda MP said that he aims unify all the communities in the country for a better Kenya as tribalism has threatened the nationhood of this country.

He said the tribalism has threatened the nationhood of the country and promised to unify all communities for better Kenya.

The burial was also attended by Mrs. Idda Odinga, metropolitan assistant minister, Elizabeth Ongoro, Assistant Minister for home affairs Beatrice Kones, Budalangi Mp Ababu Namwamba and Sotik MP Joice Laboso.

Others included Nominated MP Rachel Sebesh, Oyugi Magwanga, James Rege Otieno Ogindo, Philip Okundi, Mark Matunga, COTU General Secretary Francis Atwoli, and Brian Weke among other mourners.

Atwoli appealed to leaders from Nyanza and western provinces to speak on one voice.
He said those who want to vie for the presidential posts in Kenya should be thoroughly be vetted and their development backgrounds should be known to the public.

He caused laughter when he told the mourners that among those who want to vie for the Presidential posts are not even able to feed insects and rodents.
“Some want to become the next President of Kenya while in their homes there is no rats while cockroaches because they cannot leave where there is no food” Atwoli said.

He thanked MPs for passing the law barring Presidential Candidates from vying for any other elective post saying those who are trying their lucks are bound to fail.

Tuju who lost his Rarieda parliamentary seat to Nicholas Gumbo becomes the latest into the Presidential race after Raila Odinga, William Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua, and Peter Kenneth.

Others include Moses Wetangula, Mutava Musyimi, Eugene Wamalwa and Francis Olekyapi.

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