This came about following claims and allegations of misuse of fund allocated for rural development projects proposed for all of the fourteen zones (wards) within the constituency by Mr Tome and his Constituency Development Officer (CDO) George Grey Lomo.
Speaking to Solomon Star yesterday, Chairman for ward fourteen (14) John Seti Iromea said that since Mr Tome took up office, there has been very little development seen in the constituency.
Calling on the MP for Baegu Asifola to clarify to the people what has come about of the various proposed rural development projects which Mr Tome had talked about and promised to the people, yet nothing has come out of it.
“I am referring to projects such as; cocoa farm project worth ($350,000), betel nut projects ($50,000), canteens ($100,000), piggery and poultry ($100,00o each), school fees ($ 400,000), solar project ($100,000), water tanks ($ 350,000) and others.
“These are just a few of the many projects which we have yet to see implemented or fulfilled by our Member of Parliament Mr Tome,” Mr Iromea claimed.
Giving an example of the claims of misuses of funds, Mr Iromea said that out of the $350,000 assigned for water tanks, only nineteen water tanks were delivered to some the zones.
“Where is the rest of the money for these water tanks, which in my view would total up to $160,000?
“These tanks only cost $10,000 each, so if the $350,000 was not at all used up to purchase water tanks, then where is the money?
“This is just one of the many things that Mr Tome needs to explain and clarify to us, the constituents of Baegu Asifola,” Mr Iromea said.
Mr Iromea meanwhile said that Chairmen from all fourteen zones have held a brief meeting yesterday, looking at means of confronting Mr Tome, seeking him for answers to this money which have yet to be accounted for.
He added that they will give time for Mr Tome to call up a meeting and clarify these issues to them, however warning that if such action is not taken up by their MP, then they will file a case against him.
“If we do not have the answers from him, then the matter will be taken to court,” Mr Iromea said.
Attempts to talk to Mr Tome on the matter yesterday were unsuccessful.
By Jeremy Inifiri
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