The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has launched an official inquiry into allegations of fraud concerning a scholarship program to Finland that was administered by the Uasin Gishu County government.
This investigation comes in response to numerous complaints filed by residents who claim to have been victims of a scam, losing substantial amounts of money in a scholarship program that ultimately never materialized.
On July 18, members of the public, including both parents and students from Uasin Gishu County, visited the DCI headquarters in Eldoret to provide their statements regarding the fraudulent scheme.
The scandal affected 200 students who failed to travel to Finland for studies despite paying the money through the county government.
A statement issued by the DCI urged all affected individuals to present themselves at the DCI County Headquarters in Eldoret for the purpose of recording their statements and undergoing further investigative procedures to hold the responsible parties accountable.
The statement also emphasized the importance of bringing along any relevant documents related to the case during their visit to the headquarters.
The recent developments unfolded following Uasin Gishu Senator Jackson Mandago’s attempt to defend himself against allegations of misappropriation of funds intended for the Finland education program.
According to Senator Mandago, the program was transferred to Governor Jonathan Bii’s administration along with more than Sh104 million that was deposited in overseas education trust bank accounts.
Senator Mandago urged Governor Jonathan Bii to address the concerns raised by parents, who are now demanding a refund exceeding Sh300 million, instead of evading responsibility.
On the other hand, Governor Bii shifted the blame to Senator Mandago, suggesting that he should be held accountable for the incident since the program was initiated during his tenure.
“Everyone should take responsibility for their own actions. Those who have filed complaints should also approach the senator to seek an explanation, as the program was initiated during his term.” Governor Bii stated.
Bii expressed his willingness to provide statements to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) or the DCI if necessary.