Governor Jama required to explain Sh81mn expense

October 15, 2014 7:50 am
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Although Jamah insisted that the money was put to good use, he could not furnish the Public Accounts Committee with the necessary documents to support his claim/FILE
Although Jamah insisted that the money was put to good use, he could not furnish the Public Accounts Committee with the necessary documents to support his claim/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – Garissa governor Nathif Jama is expected to re-appear before the Senate Public Accounts and Investments committee in the next two weeks after he failed to account for Sh81.9 million.

Although Jama insisted that the money was put to good use, he could not furnish the Public Accounts Committee with the necessary documents to support his claim.

“The Governor should present the relevant documents backing his position, that all the monies questioned have been properly utilised within two weeks to this committee and the office of the AG for clearance,” Committee Chairman Boni Khalwale directed.

Khalwale has at the same time summoned the Garissa County Commissioner to account for Sh2 million issued by the Transition Authority for the purchase of a public address system to be used by the Governor’s office.

“We have documents to back our expenditures; we take matters accountability very serious. Within two weeks we will have presented the needed documents,” the Garissa Governor pleaded.

Senators present, Yusuf Haji (Garissa), George Khaniri (Vihiga), Muruiki Karue (Nyandarua), Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu), Okongo Mongare (Nyamira) and Amos Wako (Busia) took issue with the fact that the Governor allowed a suspended officer to be involved in the auditing process.

The suspended Chief Finance Officer had been tasked with furnishing the Transition Authority with documents showing proof of expenditure yet he was no longer an employee of the county government.

Jama was also found to have flouted the Public Procurement and Disposal Act in the tendering of a contract to refurbish the county offices.

He was also accused of disregarding five letters sent by the Transition Authority asking them to account for Sh61.5 million given to the county during the transition period.

The committee has since given Jama two weeks to submit document supporting the use of the monies which were meant to be used for office refurbishment.

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