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Daily Nation : February 23rd 2014
20 | Sunday Review SUNDAY NATION February 23, 2014 ACCOUNTABILITY | Isiolo governor says he can only be accused of misapropriation of funds after the auditor verifies the report Our records are clean, says county boss T Governor says he has responded to all the issues raised by AuditorGeneral BY AGGREY MUTAMBO @agmutambo firstname.lastname@example.org he Isiolo County government says it has explained all the issues the Auditor-General raised about its financial management. In an interview with the Sunday Nation, Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo said there has been no misappropriation of funds as earlier implied in the auditors’ report. “That report which has been in circulation was not conclusive. It was just an inquiry which we have since responded to,” Dr Doyo said. The governor was respond- ing to a story carried in the February 21 Daily Nation, based on an auditor’s indication that some monies spent by the county government had not been explained. The auditor had inspected the county books last September. “We agree some of the is- sues that were published the newspaper were raised by the Auditor-General, and we responded to all of them in our letter dated October 30, 2013. The auditor had questioned the expenditure of Sh1.5 million as imprest for various county officials and payment of Sh456,000 and another Sh139,500 to officials who were not named. There was another pay- ment of Sh1.07 million for county assembly members as allowances. The auditors also inquired why a motorbike stolen in 2012 had not been reported to the police and a vehicle the county bought and paid for had not been delivered. This last item, according to the report, indicated a contradiction with the procurement law which demands that all purchases be paid for upon delivery. Dr Doyo said his office had answered all the queries raised. “I can confirm without any fear of contradiction that we have not lost anything. We were asked to make clarifications and we have done that. It is up to the auditors to come back and verify these issues.” “On the imprest of Sh1.5 million, everyone who took the imprest has since returned the vouchers.” CHRONOLOGY What report says on Isiolo (a) County did not close local authority accounts on time: The governor argues that his office actually closed six of the nine accounts operated by the defunct Isiolo County Council by June. The remaining were for reconciliation of monies and have since been inherited by the county. (b) That a motorbike worth Sh361, 530 was stolen but not reported: Governor says the bike as stolen in 2012 and a report made to the police. (c) A vehicle bought in June 28, 2013 has not been delivered despite being paid for: Governor says it was undergoing registration and inspection, but it is now in Isiolo. “It is true we lost a motor- cycle, but that was even before the county government came in. It was reported to the police and as we speak, the insurer has since paid all the cheques. There is no insurer who can pay unless a police report indicates the motorbike was lost. This clearly can be verified by anyone interested.” Boarding schools to be set up for pupils in arid areas BY DENNIS ODUNGA @dennisakwenda email@example.com The pupils don’t pay at all. This will address high drop-out rates for children who join their families in search of water, food and pasture,” Turkana County Director of Education Dr Ojuma Anyang’ Pupils in arid and semi-arid areas will be going to low-cost primary boarding schools as part of the government’s effort to have more of them begin and complete primary education. This will be done through setting up of integrated nomadic education and child friendly schools coupled with water, sanitation and hygiene in arid and semi-arid counties of Kenya. Turkana county director of education Dr Ojuma Anyang’ said the government provides Sh4,000 a year for each pupil in a boarding school in addition to the Sh1,025 for free primary education. “The pupils don’t pay at all. This will address high drop-out rates for children who join their families to trek for long distances in search of water, food and pasture,” said Dr Anyang’. Funded by the British with a budget of Sh494 million or £3.52 million sterling, it runs from August 2013 to March 2015 and was launched on February 19 at Kanamker Primary School in Turkana. It targets an estimated 35,000 direct beneficiaries and 3.5 million indirect beneficiaries between four and 18 years in Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo, Turkana, Tana River, Mandera, Marsabit and Samburu counties.
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