Just a day after Technology Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK) Director and Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Board Member Hillary Itela was put on the spot over the mysterious disappearance of funds meant for the education of his late friend’s three children, The Old Lenana boys have responded.
Here is the statement issued by the group this morning regarding Clive’s Children Fund Donation.
“The Laibon spirit has been one of standing with one another both in times of joy and grief.
One of us, Clive passed away in July 2018 and as is tradition we mobilised within the class group and other well wishing Laibons. The class group appointed Hilary Itela to coordinate the fund mobilisation efforts and liaise with Clive’s family during this period.
The funds raised were a total of KES. 494,000/=
It is important to clarify the following;
– Hilary acted on behalf of the Lenana class of 1999. He is an upstanding member with a leadership role among the class and wider alumni community.
– Hilary has successfully managed many similar drives in our class group and the wider old boy network in the past.
– The class group made a call to have any collection solely channeled towards the education of the deceased children.
– The management of the funds was to be agreed by all involved parties i.e. widows and parents of the deceased. Alignment on this took longer than expected.
– Similarly no monies were misappropriated by Hilary Itela as alleged on the posts on various media. The class group has been fully aware of this and the funds have always been available.
– The intention behind the initiative by Clive’s former classmates was noble and we regret the issue has unfortunately turned into an unsavoury public spectacle. The issue has been addressed with the urgency it required.
Further details will be shared following ongoing consultation with Clive’s family.”
From screenshots leaked on social media, it was alleged Hillary has failed to explain what had happened to Ksh. 494,000 raised for the purpose of educating his late friend Clive’s children and why they weren’t in the education fund.