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Storm over Sh18 million Umoja 1 Primary School swimming pool

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Kenyans paid for the construction of a Sh18-million swimming pool at Umoja 1 Primary School in Nairobi, an expenditure that is now raising eyebrows.

The pool was among projects funded by the Embakasi West Constituency Development Fund, under the leadership of Jubilee MP George Theuri, in the 2015/16 financial year.

In that year, according to a report by Auditor-General Edward Ouko, contracts for three construction projects and a youth training were procured through restricted tendering.

These are Umoja 1 Primary School swimming pool (Sh18,893,518), three classrooms at Supa Loaf Primary School (Sh8,070,944) and driving classes for Embakasi youth at Top Gear Driving School (Sh9,580,000).

During the audit by Mr Ouko’s office, no documentary evidence was produced to support restricted tendering, as spelled in law.

The time and cost required to examine and evaluate a large number of tenders would be disproportionate to the value of the goods, works or services to be procured; and

If there is evidence that there are only a few known suppliers of the whole market of the goods, works or services.

In his 2015/2016 reports, Mr Ouko raised questions about the cost and value of these projects.

And the Concern Citizens Kenya, a lobby group in Embakasi West Constituency, has also written to the anti-corruption watchdog (EACC) over the matter. The local watchdog wants the use of Sh18 million on the pool investigated.

Embakasi West MP George Theuri poses next to the swimming pool under construction at Umoja 1 Primary School on March 3, 2017. FILE PHOTO | NATION
Embakasi West MP George Theuri poses next to the swimming pool under construction at Umoja 1 Primary School on March 3, 2017. FILE PHOTO | NATION

EXAGGERATED COST

“We decided to write to EACC because as a community and residents of Embakasi West we feel Sh18 million for a swimming pool was exaggerated a lot,” said Bradley Ouna leader of the Concern Citizens Kenya.

“The revenue from the pool is not properly accounted for since it is operational,” added Ouna.

Residents interviewed by the Nation also claimed the pool is not worth Sh18 million as alleged by the CDF office.

According to swimming pool construction experts, there are two main types of pools that are done locally— the freeboard and deck level/overflow pool.

The shells for the PVC liner pools cost from Sh800,000 for an eight-metre by four metre pool up to Sh2 million for a 15 by 13-metre pool.

This cost, however, does not include the accessories or excavation fee.

The cost of the installation equipment, excavation, as well as the assembly costs an additional Sh800,000 to Sh1. 5 million depending on the size of the pool.

“When budgeting for a pool, a large one like the 25 by 13-metre pool, one should set aside between Sh9 to Sh10 million for the project,” said an expert at Kisio Swimming pools in Nairobi.

This cost is inclusive of the excavation, labour and materials. The swimming pool at Umoja 1 Primary Pchool is 25 by eight metres.

The pool was built on Umoja 1 Primary grounds after an agreement between the school and the CDF office.

SWIM FOR FREE

According to our sources, the school was to give out a piece of their land for the pool and in return, pupils would swim for free.

In the plan, the children would access to the pool using a different entrance from the public. The school would also get a percentage of the revenue generated from the facility.

But the Nation has learnt that, since the swimming started operating in 2017, the school has not received its share of the revenue.

Additionally, the pupils of Umoja 1 Primary pay Sh100 per swimming session, just like the public.

When the Nation visited the pool, there was no way to differentiate a pupil of Umoja 1 Primary from the public.

During our visit, we were accompanied by a pupil and upon identifying herself, she was still asked to pay.

“Our children are paying for the swimming sessions yet when the idea was shared the first time during AGM we were told because it’s on the school compound, our children would have free access,” a parent at the school, who sought anonymity fearing reprisals, told the Nation.

But on top of being charged, the children do not have a special access to the facility.

They have to walk out of the school compound and use a busy road and are exposed to the danger of badly driven matatus.

“It is really risky for the kids to access the pool, they have to leave the school compound and walk to the pool,” another parent said on condition of anonymity.

The entrance to the swimming pool located at Umoja 1 Primary School in Embakasi West constituency. The pool is opened to the public for a fee. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
The entrance to the swimming pool located at Umoja 1 Primary School in Embakasi West constituency. The pool is opened to the public for a fee. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

REVENUE

“This road is very dangerous for our kids, the Matatu are carelessly driven.”

But the head-teacher of the school, Mrs Frolence Muli, denied the claims.

“The students have never paid for swimming session plus the school has really benefitted from the revenue collected from the pool,” she told the Nation.

“The revenue collected has helped in renovating 8 classes so far.”

The residents are also questioning the Sh9,580,000 expenditure at Top Gear Driving School.

The money was paid to the driving school for the young people of Embakasi West to undergo driving training.

It is not clear just how many people might have benefitted from the driving classes.

Currently, lessons to driver a Class B vehicle (car) at Top Gear costs approximately Sh20, 000 per person.

With Sh9,580,000 and each student paying Sh20,000, the school should have trained close to 480 students.

However, no list of students who attended the training was presented to Mr Ouko’s team for audit.

Efforts by Nation to reach Mr Theuri, proved futile with all calls and text messages going unanswered.

Source:nairobinews

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Akothee’s daughter Rue dating MCA Tricky?

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Akothee might have just confirmed that her daughter Rue is romantically involved with MCA Tricky as seen on Instagram.

The mother of 5 goes on ahead to advise Rue to tell her boyfriend to shave off his grown hair as she probably finds long hair on men, untidy!

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In the video shared by Akothee she automatically upgrades MCA Tricky from the cousin zone’ to a potential boyfriend of Rue. Well, it is no secret that Rue and Tricky are quite close and many have been questioning their relationship for a while now.

Akothee speaks about Rue and MCA Tricky

Being one of the coolest mums on social media, Akothee continues to prove how close and open she is with her girls!

Apart from joking about Tricky’s hair, she went on to question the kind of relationship Rue shares with the comedian.

Akothee also goes on to refer to Tricky as Rue’s ‘boyfriend’ another reason to assume that these two have been secretly seeing each other for a few months now or are they just friends?

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‘When I think about what I went through 2 years ago…’ Kawira says as she raises 12m medical bill

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Joy Furaha Kawira, a Kenyan actress-cum-pastor, is among the Kenyan celebrities who have experienced child loss.

The former actress and her husband, Pastor Ephy Saint had triplets in 2017. Sadly, one of them died.

Kawira is calling upon well-wishers to assist her friend’s son, who is being hospitalized at a local hospital to settle a bill of Ksh 12 million, where she is using her experience as a good example.

“When I think about what I went through 2 years ago, I just kneel down and tell God to please remember the people who are in a similar situation or worse. In that spirit, my heart goes out to baby Andy (my friend’s son), who is still at Gertrude’s hospital. The bill now is 12m and still counting. Your prayer and support will go a long way.” she posted.

Baby Andy at Gertrude’s hospital; 

 

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‘We want to make valentines different,’ DJ Mo responds to expensive dinner

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Kenyan gospel DJ, DJ Mo, has responded to complaints concerning their valentine’s dinner event dubbed, ‘dine with the Murayas’ that they had advertised targeting those in relationships. 

The event is a red-carpet affair that will be hosted at the Emory hotel. Charges for the dinner are set at sh7,000 per couple and VIP KSh10,000 per couple as well.

DJ Mo spoke to word Is saying the event is a onetime activity, and it’s targeting those who are willing to spend an extra coin on their loved ones.

“I don’t know why people think the event is expensive because the fee includes all the activities and the four-course meal. We want to make valentine’s day different from what people have been doing,” he said.

Many of the couple’s followers were willing to attend but had mixed reactions towards the event, some complained that it was a bit expensive

One follower wrote, “you forgot to indicate that it’s a #richgangaffair.”

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