, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 25 – The Senate Public Accounts Committee is calling for a special audit of the Nyamira County Assembly accounts after it emerged that over Sh93 million from the 2013/14 financial year which were withdrawn within two months could not be accounted for.
The Auditor General had stated that between 3rd February and 31st March 2014 some Sh60,549,213 cash was withdrawn from the Assembly’s account and a further Sh33,374,619 million also withdrawn from the imprest account and stored in a private assembly account.
Committee chairman Boni Khalwale (Kakamega) was forced to adjourn the meeting earlier than usual after the sitting assembly Speaker and Clerk failed to account for the monies.
“These large cash withdrawals were accompanied by an observation by the Auditor General who found that the assembly operated a bank account No. 1142325717 at KCB Nyamira branch which was not reconciles at the end of March 2014 as per the law,” said Khalwale.
Khalwale further pointed out that the Speaker and the Clerk had requested for more time specifically 21 days to gather more information.
“We don’t want you to put up a friendly face so that you escape audit queries,” said Khalwale to the Speaker.
During the postponed meeting, the committee learnt that the speaker who headed the Assembly during the period the monies were transferred had since been impeached with the current Speaker Joash Nyamoko asking the committee to assist them in getting documentation from the lot that left.
“As a result of this the Speaker was impeached by MCAs and the Clerk was interdicted together with seven other senior officers,” he clarified.
He stated that as they awaited the documents which would help the trace the millions, they would be directing that as a special audit is conducted on the special account to ascertain who the signatories were and how the monies were spent.
Committee members present during the sitting included Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Hassan Omar (Mombasa), Martha Wangari (Nominated) and George Khaniri (Vihiga).