Top officials at the troubled Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation were shocked when banks rejected their attempts to secretly change the organisation’s account signatories on suspicion of fraud in the offing.
Sources pointed out that cartels led by the organisation’s chairperson Rahab Mwikali and her secretary Elizabeth Mayieka were disappointed after the banks declined to change the account’s bonafide signatory of the national treasurer Mary Odhiambo.
The cartels were probably targeting millions of shillings expected out of a scheme where unsuspecting MYWO members seem to have been duped into what appears to be shoddy dealings with a microfinance company.
Rahab who has been accused of turning the organisation into a family affair is now imposing on members, illegally signed agreement with Musoni Microfinance to loan the group’s members water tanks.
The cartels are allegedly preying on a Sh500m out of the racket where 200 members per subcounty out of 1,450 subcounties are required to contribute Sh100 each for ordinary membership, Sh600 commitment fee and Sh1,000 life membership fee as a qualification for the loan.
After giving keen analysis on the kind of money involved, the cartels roped in one Lindon Otieno, a junior officer at the non-governmental organisations coordination board who is also allegedly in the payroll of the crooks at the MYWO for facilitating corruption deals.
MYWO boasts of millions of shillings in Kenya Commercial Bank and Barclays Bank among others.
A section of irate members have petitioned the CEO NGO coordination board Franklin Nkanata to investigate Lindon for allegedly aiding fraud within the organisation.
Questions have been asked why Lindon did not bother to consult his bosses when he made a recommendation calling for the change of the signature of the group’s national treasurer.
Members of the group have appealed to investigative agencies including the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, DCI and the DPP to speed up a probe against Rahab who boasts of high connections within the corridors of power.
Rahab who has perfected the art of bragging of her connection with State House is said to be enjoying protection from some top government officials, including the Health CS Sicily Kariuki and Zipporah Kittony, the former chair of the organisation.
Relatively, veteran politician Phoebe Asiyo, and one Happy Gloria from Busia, have been named as those in the payroll of crooked officials at the women’s movement as a reward for their sycophancy.
However, insider sources revealed that Asiyo and other beneficiaries of the dirty deals at MYWO started disassociating themselves from the cartels after learning of what transpired at the bank and for fear that they could be listed for investigations