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Audit: Minister was `allocated two NHC houses’

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

NAMED | The Starehe MP features in an audit report on public house deals

Housing assistant minister Margaret Wanjiru is among individuals allocated more than one house by the National Housing Corporation (NHC), according to an audit report.

An investigation by the corporation’s board said Bishop Wanjiru was allocated two houses in her own name and one in the name of Jesus is Alive Ministries, which she heads.

The report, titled “Distortions in House Allocation: Report of House Allocation Process at the National Housing Corporation”, was prepared by the audit committee of the NHC following claims that employees were irregularly allocating themselves and their relatives houses at the expense of the public.

Bishop Wanjiru, who is also the Starehe MP, was allocated houses in Kileleshwa, Madaraka and Lang’ata II, according to the report.

Asked for comment yesterday, the MP said: “I have been quiet on this report because it is not genuine. It is malicious even on the staff and management, but we are dealing with it.” NHC is funded from taxpayers’ money and is intended to help Kenyan own a decent home.

In its Customer Charter, the NHC says it operates on values of integrity — accountability, transparency and avoidance of corruption.

The investigation reveals the corporation is using public funds to build houses for its staff and senior, well-connected individuals rather than helping Kenyans own their first home.

The Efficiency Monitoring Unit (Emu) has launched investigations.

Housing permanent secretary Tirop Kosgey has confirmed they had engaged the unit to conduct further “professional“ examination of the claims before action is taken.

“To some extent, they (Board Audit Committee members) have done a good job, but we believe that we need some professionals who would go deeper and find out the cause,“ he said.

Reports also indicate that the Ethics and anti-Corruption detectives had launched investigations into the matter.

The audit shows that 78 staff members have multiple allocations totalling 209 units, with one senior member of staff having seven houses in her name and 14 others allocated to relatives.

Three people have been allocated between five and six houses each, the report says.

“This assignment has also revealed that, going by sampling of eight housing schemes, over 50 per cent of all allocations on NHC schemes are likely to go to persons who never met the minimum requirements and that nearly a quarter of applicants will miss being allocated a house though they meet the requirements,“ the audit adds.

The report says that in every scheme, 10 to 20 per cent of the housing units are reserved for NHC staff, although these do not always go to them. “This exercise has also shown an entrenched practice in which about 10 per cent of units in every scheme will be reserved as “special cases“ at the discretion of the managing director, purportedly to be allocated to high level personalities making requests for allocation,“ it says.

The findings show that the house allocation process is flawed and has loopholes resulting in significant distortions.

Names of some individuals, who did not even apply for the houses, are introduced during the House Allocation Committee meetings and end up as beneficiaries of the units despite the fact that they had not even paid deposits.

Source: DAILY NATION

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5 Responses to “Audit: Minister was `allocated two NHC houses’”

  1. Sophia said

    Godda! This brazen corruption is shocking, but not strange. Just what is enough? The tithe from Jesus Is Alive Ministry is not enough! More than 1.1 m as remuneration as a minister excluding sitting allowances etc is not enough. Refusing to pay taxes like other Kenyans is not enough. So, I am asking, how much will it be enough for these greedy so called leaders who enrich themselves by abusing their offices. And she looks as innocent as a Paschal lamb. And we blame Kenyatta and Moi regimes for the vices from the 60s upto the 90s? Godda! Lets hope the report had miscellaneous errors. Otherwise I am saddened that Kibaki and Raila government could not wipe out corruption during the 10 years they were in power.

    It was Ngilu, then Wetangula, then Kosgey, and now Dr. Bishop Wanjiru. Prosecution? Hell NO!!! Same old same!

  2. Sokoine said

    @ She’s the audit minister doing what’s contrary to her portfolio’s basic duties. I wonder what POKO is gonna say about this. POKO, where’re you at?

  3. mumbi said

    what do yu expect?? i lived in knoxville Tennessee , wanjirus sons were attending UT, never worked like other kenyans in diaspora, lived in a big mansion bought by offerings from poor in kenya, corrupt to bone.

  4. sokwemtu4 said

    A bishop mwizi????????????????

  5. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER HAVE MERCY ON US.

    IS IT TRUE OR NOT TRUE THAT THE WOMAN OF GOD,MY SISTER DR. BISHOP WANJIRU HAS ALSO INVOLVED HERSELF IN CORRUPTION?

    IS IT TRUE THAT DESPITE BEING AUDIT MINISTER SHE ALLOCATED HERSELF HOUSES AT KILELESHWA, MADARAKA AND LANG’ATA II?

    IS IT ALSO TRUE THAT SHE BRIBES VOTERS WITH FOOD SO THAT THEY CAN VOTE FOR HER?

    IS IT TRUE THAT SHE SUPPORTING THE CORRUPT, WORLD BANK KAZI KWA VIJANA THIEF/ACCOMPLICE ETC.DEADLY AUTHOR OF 2007/8 GENOCIDE AND ETHNIC CLEANSING RT. HON. RAILA ODINGA AS THE UNOPPOSED SOLE KENYA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?

    PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME ON THESE QWERIES AS SHE IS MY BELOVED SISTER WHO PREACHED THE GOSPEL WITH ME AT KOMAROCK IN MID-90’S.

    BY COPY OF THIS MESSAGE PLEASE LET HER CONTACT ME AT:

    E-MAIL : gitaujimmie@yahoo.co.uk
    PHONE: 00254 (0) 7711936139

    for clarification and discussion.

    SHE IS MY BELOVED SISTER AND I WON’T JUDGE HER ON THIS REPORT UNTIL I HEAR FROM HER.

    THE MOST URGENT MESSAGE I AM SENDING TO HER IS TO RALLY ALL OUR O.D.M. MEMBERS IN THE ENTIRE KENYA TO REMOVE MR. ODINGA FROM THE PARTY FOR:

    2007/8 GENOCIDE
    2007/8 ETHNIC CLEANSING
    NEPOTISM
    TRIBALISM
    CORRUPTION
    INCITING TRIBES AGAINST OTHER TRIBES
    MALTREATING HON. ORENGO AND HON. NYONG’ BY MAKING THEM KNEEL FOR HIM AND WORSHIP HIM.
    MISTREATING LUO ELDERS
    WOMANIZING (AS A HEAD OF STATE IMMORALITY IS A MUST AS HE MUST SET A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A MARRIED FAMILY MAN).
    ETC.

    HE SHOULD REFUND LUO THRIFT AND LOLWE MONIES WITH ALL ACCRUED INTERESTS TO THE LUO COMMUNITY.

    NEVER SUPPORT HIM FROM TO-DAY.

    IF YOU DO, THE ONLY THAT I SERVE WILL DESERT HER AND SHE WILL SUFFER UNTOLD BLOWS AS HE (GOD) CANNOT/NEVER BE MOCKED.

    IN THE MEANTIME I AM PRAYING FOR HER.

    PLEASE PASS MY MESSAGE TO HER AND TELL HER TO PHONE ME.

    DR.(DA’GITAU) REV. JAMES KAMAU NAAMAN GITAU
    THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF KENYA

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