“I think they just ate the funds. Do you see a school here?”
This was the response from a man from Likoni, a povertyridden area on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya, when asked about what happened to over US$55,000 that the local government was supposed to have used to build the Mrima Secondary School. The man in his mid-30s stood next to a hole surrounded by his neighbors; the hole was reportedly where the Constituency Development Committee had begun digging the foundation for the school and then inexplicably had abandoned the project. According to the neighborhood spokesperson, the project wasn’t the right one anyway. “No one came to the community to ask if we wanted to put a school here. What we need is a dispensary,” he reported, with the others nodding and murmuring their assent.