The Speaker of Machakos County Assembly, Florence Mwangangi, has authorized the withdrawal of 20 million shillings for use during a two hour Mbunge Mashinani event in Kithimani this week.
With a planned 20 such sittings, the Machakos MCAs will eat 400 million shillings in political meetings in a county where over 258,473 youth are unemployed.
The money they are spending was initially part of the county budget allocation to social welfare which was meant to provide monies to churches to take care of destitute widows and orphans, and to support women and youth entrepreneurship.
The mostly Wiper MCAs, led by the speaker, allocated themselves allowances and created forums such as Mbunge Mashinani to justify the crooked expenditure. The assembly has allocated itself nearly 1 billion shillings, at the expense of important Wananchi services such as health, water, Roads, education among others.
At the end of their graft scheme, Speaker Mwangangi and select MCAs are expected to pocket over 15 million shillings each.
According to a whistle blower at the assembly, part of the money is meant to be siphoned off and used as upkeep of Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka. Reliable sources have hinted that this plan was mooted after Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu stopped remitting the expected monthly 3 million shillings to Hon. Kalonzo. It is not clear whether Makueni Governor and Wiper Chair Kivutha Kibwana is still remitting his expected 3 million shillings to the WIPER leader after EACC agents raided his offices in Wote recently.