Sonko stern warning on staff stealing bursaries

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has now ordered for the commencement of legal process against county officials who were implicated for being involved in the embezzlement of bursary funds.

Some of Nairobi County officials were found that in the 2018/2019 financial year, they stole Sh60 million which was supposed to fund bursaries.

Speaking on Wednesday over the 46th World Environment Day, Sonko said he has spoken to the county attorney to make sure that all those implicated are prosecuted.

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“I want all county officials who were part of the team that conspired to divert Sh60 million meant for the bursary funds to face the law. I have directed County Secretary Pauline Kahiga and County Attorney Christine Ireri to start legal process to ensure those involved in the scandal are prosecuted,” he said.

The governor was backed by MCA Waithera Chege who similarly called for stern action against those involved in illegal diversion of water from Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, depriving most homes of supply of water.

“We have information on some of the cartels diverting water in order to benefit their water browsers. This has to come to an end,” warned Sonko.

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The governor similarly hailed the National Environment Management Authority of Kenya (NEMA) for enforcing the ban on plastic bags but called on the organization to consider extending the ban to plastic bottles.

“Plastic materials contribute to a large percentage of the waste that accumulates in the capital city. A ban on the bottles will help us a lot in terms of cleaning the city. I also would like to urge manufacturers to produce materials that are biodegradable and have less hazardous effects on the environment,” added Sonko.

The event was attended by top county officials, UNEP representatives led by Dr. Cyrille-Lazare Siewe, Coordinator, UNEP Kenya Country Programme, NEMA administrators, Ministry of Environment executives and dozens of Nairobi City County Assembly MCAs led by South B Ward MCA Waithera Chege.

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