BY NAHASON ORENGE.
The much awaited grant from city hall is a hoax, city hall confirmed yesterday. Council woman viola Richardson confirmed to the community yesterday that there was no grant set aside for the community at all, saying that she heard that for the first time. Viola who was representing the mayor of Jersey city
Jeremiah Healy during the Kenyan community day noted with concern that thatwas propaganda that was aimed at tainting the image of the city.
Viola who was taken to task by Kenyans to shed light on the where about of the 6,000 dollars allegedly set aside by the city towards the Kenyan festival almost froze on hearing this. The council lady had difficult time explaining hundreds of the community leaders and Kenyans who gathered at the Jersey citys Lincoln Park.
She noted with concern that there have never been any plans to give the community money adding that the city cannot be able to give funds to tens of community organizations living in the city.
“There are so many community organizations in jersey city which the city cannot afford to give such a
a huge amount of money” she decried
“Ooh my God thats ridiculous we have never heard of this and even the city is not aware of all this, somebody is messing with the city” viola said. She added that the city has no free money to give out adding that the funds were spread within the specified budgets and programs.
Most Kenyans who were at the function wondered aloud why the community could fall prey to cheap selfish motives.
KACA president Antony karanja could not comment to the issue saying that he needed time to overcome the tribulations he had encountered with his team while chasing for the money in city hall.
Contacted for comment most community leaders refused to comment. When the writer contacted Elder Shen Onditi to shed light on the issue,Onditi said ” yaa ntige,tiga
ng’ake omopira”( let me alone to pray some volley ball)
The community has been awaiting the clearance of the grant since the start of the year after the community was asked to furnish the city with the next office bearers to enable the city disburse the funds to the community. And up in the hills the community conducted an election in may 20th which saw the Karanja team carried the day with promises that they will help the community access the funds from the city.
The incident caused panic and anxiety, as some turned furious over the issue saying that they were taken for ajoy ride. In Violas speech, she praised a Kenyan Businessman Henry Okongo who she said was the communitys link man to the city. She poured praise to Okongo adding that the city heard of the new office bearers through him
And most people interviewed asked Okongo to use his good relationship with the city to ensure the
community gets the funds in question. Jersey city mayor Jeremiah Healy noted that the community had contributed greatly to the development of the city adding that the city was proud of them.