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Daily Nation : February 13th 2014
10 | National News INVESTIGATION | Embattled governor on the spot as impeachment proceedings continue Auditor says Sh150m used illegally Embu administration spent the cash in first four months without accounting for a cent BY JEREMIAH KIPLANG’AT @jere_kiplangat firstname.lastname@example.org T he Embu county government spent more than Sh150 million in its first four months in office without accounting for even a cent. Auditor-General Edward Ouko yes- terday said the county government failed to provide documents showing how the money was used even after audit queries were raised. A vehicle was bought for Governor Martin Wambora at a price above the allocation set aside in the budget. “Expenditure of Sh154 million was incurred by the county government that had no supporting documentation. There was also an unauthorised allocation of funds for a Toyota Prado at a cost of Sh12 million. This Prado exceeded the budgetary allocation of Sh10 million,” said Mr Ouko. No hand in purchase The governor’s lawyer, Mr Wilfred Nyamu, said the Transition Authority was in charge of procurement and finances during the period and Mr Wambora had no hand in the purchase of the car. The auditor-general was invited by the Senate committee hearing an impeachment request for the governor to shed light on an audit report tabled by the assembly. Mr Wambora was also accused of procuring services without formal contracts and some contractors for various projects were not registered with the ministry in charge of public works. “No formal contracts were executed between three contractors and the client — which is the county government — for projects including the building of a conference hall, partitioning of offices at Embu Hall and the refurbishment of probation offices. This was contrary to section 68 of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005 which requires that written contracts be entered into with successful tenderers and the procuring entity,” the auditor-general told the committee. The audit, done between March and June 2013, is a key piece of evidence being used by the county assembly to back their ouster bid for the embattled governor. Mr Ouko detailed other irregulari- ties by the government that included violation of procurement regulations issued by the Salaries and Remunera- JEFF ANGOTE | NATION 12m The amount of money used to buy the governor a Prado 81,000 Embattled Embu Governor Martin Wambora (left) consults with his lawyers Wilfred Nyamu (centre) and Peter Wanyama at KICC in Nairobi yesterday. In the past three days, the governor has insisted that the county boss was not accountable for how finances were used by officers under him. “The governor is expected to be Amount paid as an allowance non-employee tion Commission. “There was an irregular payment of a subsistence allowance of Sh81,000 to a non-employee of any of the defunct local authorities. County executive members were also paid allowances without following the SRC rates,” said Mr Ouko. an accounting officer. In terms of responsibility, the governor has to ensure there is a tender committee and that all procurement follows the Procurement Act,” the auditor-general told the committee. County Secretary Margaret Kari- uki, whose suspension was one of the reasons for Mr Wambora’s troubles, produced a list of ghost workers which she claimed showed that a number of them were related to the county speaker. DAILY NATION Thursday February 13, 2014 BRIEFLY LAIKIPIA Girl dies amid fears of cholera outbreak A five-year-old girl has died following an outbreak of what is suspected to be cholera in a remote village in Laikipia North district. The child died on Tuesday at Tasia Village near Laikipia’s border with Isiolo after a bout of diarrhoea and vomiting. Area Health boss David Njoroge said there was enough medicine to contain the situation, but did not confirm if it is cholera. KAKAMEGA Man rescues son found hanging A pupil who was suspended from school was found hanging with a rope around his neck. The Class Three pupil at Bondeni Primary in Kakamega Town was sent home for allegedly eating a classmate’s lunch. He was found by his father on Monday, who untied the rope and he regained consciousness. The man said he was not aware his son was suspended as he used to leave the house every morning. MAKUENI Sh24m ambulances acquired for county The county inched closer to extending universal medical access with the buying of six equipped ambulances. The vehicles from CMC Motors cost Sh24 million. They will be distributed to the six constituencies in the county — Makueni, Kilome, Kibwezi East, Kibwezi West, Kaiti and Mbooni. Governor Kivutha Kibwana said that seven more ambulances would be bought by March. Electrical fault caused JKIA fire, says Tobiko BY NATION REPORTER Investigations into the fire Sasini Limited (A Member of the Sameer Group) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING DATE TIME VENUE - Friday 28th - 11.30 a.m. February 2014. - Coffee Mill, Kamundu Estate, KiambuGithiga Road, Kiambu. TRANSPORT - Transport will be provided from our Head Office, Sasini House, Loita Street, Nairobi and from Kiambu Post Office. 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Director of Public Prosecu- tions Keriako Tobiko directed that the inquiry file be closed after studying it and agreeing with the police that there was no crime in the August 7 inferno. “I agree with the police find- ing that there is no evidence of criminality against any person in the fire,” Mr Tobiko said in a brief state- ment sent to the media yester. M r 0biko l e f t ) aid the Direc- r of riminal Investigations had ruled out any other possible cause of fire apart from an electric fault, a conclusion which he agreed with. “The Director of Criminal Investigations compiled the evidence and ruled out other possible causes, concluding the fire was caused by an electrical fault,” said Mr Tobiko. The inferno, which caused damage worth millions of shillings, was first suspected to have been an arson or terror attack and the government immediately set up an inquiry team. The inter-agency team com- prised members of the National Intelligence Service, CID and Anti-Terrorism Police Unit. The American Federal Bu- reau of Investigation has also concluded that the fire was not an act of terrorism or arson. Bomb experts said no explo- sives were found while Public Works officials said the main cable to the electricity distribution board was burnt, indicating an electric fault.
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