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Lapsset on the spot for defying President on scholarships

Auditor- General Edward Ouko. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Auditor- General Edward Ouko. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The State infrastructure agency in charge of building the multi-billion shilling Lamu port has been accused of disregarding a presidential directive to sponsor 1,000 students.

The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia (Lapsset) is on the spot for misallocating Sh57 million meant to educate 1,000 students from Lamu County as directed by the President. Auditor- General Edward Ouko accused the Lapsset management of spending a paltry Sh1.8 million to sponsor ten students who are non-residents of Lamu County.

Mr Ouko said Lapsset was to spend Sh57,425,750 on grants and subsidies in the year to June 2016 under the Lapsset Youth Presidential Scholarship Programme.

“The expenditure as disclosed under Note 8 to the financial statements relates to Lapsset presidential youth scholarship programme under which one thousand students from Lamu County are to be sponsored for studies in various institutions,” Mr Ouko said in Lapsset books of accounts for 2015/16 tabled in the National Assembly by Majority Leader Aden Duale.

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