Malindi town residents accuse MCA of skewed distribution of bursaries
Malindi town ward residents in Malindi sub-county, Kilifi county, have accused their member of county assembly Rashid Odhiambo of skewed distribution of bursaries.
The residents said that most students who benefitted from the Kilifi County Ward Scholarship Fund are from private schools arguing that only bright and needy students should have benefitted.
The residents, led by Mr. Isaiah Inono, held peaceful demonstrations fro Kisumu Ndogo to the county assembly offices, threatening the removal of Odhiambo from office should the matter not have been resolved within a month.
“Those who have benefitted the most from the Malindi town ward bursaries are students from able families learning in private schools at the expense of the bright and needy, that should not be happening,” he said.
A scrutiny on bursary payment documents revealed that most learners from private secondary schools received between KES 10,000 and KES 15,000 compared to KES 5,000 issued to learners in public secondary schools.
Another disgruntled resident, Musa Athman, added that the private schools were mostly Muslim schools and that one of the schools owned by the MCA had benefited from the allocations.
“There are private schools that have each student being awarded KES 10,000 while those in public schools such as Malindi High School only received KES 5, 000,” he said.
The residents now want the Ward Scholarship Fund board to be disbanded and a new one formed before the second phase of bursaries are issued arguing that their children are among the beneficiaries at the expense of the bright and needy students.
They threatened to mobilise petitions to oust him, giving him a one month ultimatum.
“MCA Rashid you promised to make education a priority especially to the poor but you have changed and we have given you a one month ultimatum to rectify or we collected signatures to recall you,” a resident known as Maria threatened.
Mr Stephen Opiyo alleged that a non-existence school also benefited from the bursaries with each student receiving Sh. 10,000.
“There is a school that we don’t know where it is located and each student has been awarded KES 10, 000 yet a school like Barani has had its student get only KES 5, 000. I am advising Governor Gideon Mung’aro that he should come down and intervene since the repercussions will affect him politically,” he said.
Reached for comment, MCA Odhiambo said that he does not sit in the Ward Scholarship committee.