BY SHADRACK NYAKOE
Follow The Money Kenya (FTM)- a lobby group in Kenya has launched Covid-19 money tracking system.
The initiative is dubbed the Covid-19 Transparency and Accountability in Africa (CTAP).
It seeks to ensure that the Kenyan government provides details of resources earmarked for Covid-19.
FTM which operates under the umbrella of Slums Information Development and Resource Center (SIDAREC) aims at creating awareness on budgetary allocation and the government’s efforts to combat further spread of the pandemic.
The fight against the pandemic created the so-called Covid-19 millionaires, who have benefited from fraudulent deals.
Even in difficult times like these, looting public coffers is as clear as day while health professionals are on strike over delay of salaries, poor working conditions, and lack of supplies.
Some took to social media to show the sub-standard gloves, hazmat suits and face shields that had allegedly been distributed by the government.
The CTAP which mainly focuses on health tracked over USD 15 million for social development across African communities.
FTM founder Hamzal Lawal, said lack of transparency deviates and inhibits their work in tracking donations and contributions by the government, nongovernmental organizations, and supporters.
“CTAP is committed to visualize and publicize all expenditures of Covid-19 to promote transparency and holding the government accountable,” Lawal said.
He said they are mobilizing Kenyans for social change, countering fake news and misinformation while using digital tools to engage with government.
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