Kibarani member of County Assembly Getrude Mbeyu at a past function. Photo: the-star.co.ke
Kibarani MCA Gertrude Mbeyu has distanced herself from allegations that her ward bursary committees have been involved in public funds malpractice ahead of the August polls.
Addressing the press on Saturday, Mbeyu said that those spreading rumors that she is corrupt have malicious plans, adding that members of the bursary are ready to avail themselves for investigations over the matter at the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC ) headquarters if that is the only way she can clear her name.
The MCA further alleged that residents and leaders spreading the gossip want to bring her down politically. Her remarks come after Charles Mwango, a parent, complained that he had been asked to give the committee members his cow before he could receive funds from the constituency.
“I was asked to give out my cow in compensation of the Sh25,000 bursary,” said Mwango, as quoted by Baraka FM.
Mbeyu, however, defended herself from the accusations leveled against her saying that Mwango is among the beneficiaries of the funds, adding that she personally met the complainant at her office and asked him to sell his cow to top on the amount he received from the bursary committee to pay fees.
“The person spreading this claims is not genuine to himself as the committee just gave him a bursary of Sh25,000 in good faith,” Mbeyu said.
She added: “When he came to the office, my committee chairman agreed with him (Charles Mwango) that he should sell his cow to top-up the fee balance of Sh44,000 for her daughter who is schooling in Diani- Kwale County. And I am shocked that he is now saying he was asked to bring his cow as compensation for the bursary.”