WE Charity, the corrupt Canadian based organization promised to build schools in Kenya, however, most of the money ended up funding other activities; perhaps even illegal.
In a 45-minute documentary by the Canada Broadcasting Centre (CBC) News titled, ‘Finding School No.4: WE Charity’s donor deception in Kenya,’ the level of treachery that Marc and Craig Kielburger put donors through is insane.
Holding, rockstar-like-concerts, the twins would put out their rallying call for donors to fund education in Kenya, mostly in Narok.
According to the CBC, the money collected doesn’t tally with the reality on the ground. Even more damning is that the Kielburger’s lied about the whole thing.
Armed with a spreadsheet of the project locations, the CBC crew went to each village to count first hand if that claim was true.
There first stop was at Narok Governor Tunai’s office where they were welcomed well but things took a sudden turn when the journalist confronted the governor with disparities in the project.
The number of schools funded did not match the number of schools actually built.
Some donors were shown stock photos of the same classrooms as ‘their finished projects that they had funded’.
Some finished classrooms were shown to even, over 4 donors who averaged donations of Sh1 million for each.
To understand the scam, take for example, four donors donate Sh4 million, and one classroom is built and ‘stocked’ at a cost of 1 million, where does the other money go?
As the filming of the documentary progressed, Tunai made calls, putting obstacles on the journalists.
Of course, there’s obvious transformation that WE Charity has done to the villages even as Tunai boldly stated, however, the issue is about the money and what WE Chairty told donors in its reports.
Most did not tally with what was on the ground.
Journalist: Your excellency, what would you say if more money was raised for Kenya and Narok county that what was actually spent?
Ole Tunai: Let me not comment about that.
Samuel Ole Tunai’s govt
The expansive Masai Mara Game Reserve is home to many known and unknown lodges. Some are out of reach for the common Kenyan and are not recorded on any maps.
Ole Tunai’s govt has been fingered for plundering the revenue collected from the loved game reserve. In 2015, and owing to the high ups Tunai has as friends, he refused to tell the senate how much money is collected at the game reserve.
Curiously, the park entry and exit ticketing is handled by a irregularly appointed firm, KAPS. Eleven months into the contract, KAPS had collected Sh1.1 billion.
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However, it was ODM leader Raila Odinga that exposed the true figure that was looted from the game reserve in the early years as KAPS took charge.
Mr Odinga claimed that Ole Tunai and DP Ruto had looted Sh3 billion from the reserve’s kitty.
MCAs have never raised an issue over this and this just fits into the corruption networks in Narok county. The same networks that supported the existence and siphoning of funds from WE Charity.
Most of those that benefited from the ‘free money’ from WE Charity are local and international politicians. The shadowy elite that deal in trafficking might also be involved here, but that’s for other journalists to write about.
In 2013, it was revealed that the Narok Governor Samuel Tunai owned a 2,359.6 acres of land most of which borders the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. A small population that had settled there was got rid off by goons who burnt their houses to the ground in the dead of the night.
In the looting of Narok County, some names come up, however, none is more powerful than Elizabeth Lolchoki, Resian Victoria Sompisha and above all Fred Ntekerei.
It is Fred Ntekerei that handles the governor’s money read loot/kickbacks.
Remember the KAPS ticketing scandal? Mr Ntekerei handles that money.
Tunai is an investor in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, he owns a couple of luxury lodges.
Sources intimate that Mr. Tunai owns more than five Luxury Lodges in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem, which are not listed in the controller of budget reports as paying park entry fees. These luxury lodges charges on the lowest $80 (sh8000) per person per day.
Money that is stolen from the county is invested in the construction of new buildings, buying luxury hotels in Tanzania and South Africa, hidden in luxury hotels accounts that the governor owns in the Maasai Mara.
Many managers at the park only work for a few months and walk away with tens of millions which they invest in purchasing land and livestock.
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