Mombasa County bought a month old chick at sh.1,466 and rabbit at sh.4,950, claims report

Chicks feeding. A report by Haki Yetu Organization claims that the County Government of Mombasa spent sh.1,320,000 purchasing 900 one-month-old chicks in the 2017/2018 financial year./COURTESY

Mombasa County bought a one month old chick at sh.1,466 in the 2017/2018 financial year and purchased a rabbit at sh.4,985 in the 2018/2019 financial year.

According to a report released by Haki Yetu Organization focusing on 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 financial years, the County bought 900 one month old chicks at a cost of sh.1,320,000, meaning a single chick cost around sh.1,466.

The report which was launched at a hotel in Mombasa also revealed that the county spent sh.1,485,000 in purchasing 300 rabbits, meaning one rabbit cost around sh.4,950.

Haki Yetu has noted that the market price of a one month chick is sh.100-300 whereas a rabbit retails at between sh.1000 and sh.2000.

The report shows that Mombasa County government misappropriated millions of shillings in five projects focused in four sub-counties.

Five of the projects assessed include Uwanja WA Mbuzi, County Stadium, Elimu Yetu, Chhani ECD project and purchase of poultry and rabbit for livelihood.

The assessment was done in August and September.

According to Haki Yetu Organization program officer Joanne Otengo, the evaluation was conducted in Changamwe, Mvita, Nyali and Kisauni.

Haki Yetu noted that construction of the Chaani Elimu Yetu ECD in Changamwe is yet to be completed five years down the line.

“During the inspection of the facility, the team was shocked at the sight of an incomplete, dilapidated and vandalized building that has been converted to a dungeon for criminal gangs in the area. Part of the roof seems to have been blown away or vandalized,” read the report.

According to the auditor’s reports on 30th June 2017, the project cost was sh.28,788,548.

Other projects featured in the report is development of sports facility at uwanja wa Mbuzi Kongowea in Nyali which was constructed at a cost of sh.66,270,664.

The group noted that the field was neglected despite consuming millions of tax payers money.

Haki Yetu executive director Fr.Gabriel Dolan said that despite Auditor General raising red flag on some of the projects, little has been done.

“Tax payer’s money has been lost through exaggerated prices, extreme delays in completion of the projects and abandonment of the projects before completion,” said Dolan.