, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday joined the Council of Governors in blaming the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) for the loss of funds in counties.
Like Governor’s he has called for a review of the system and supported their calls for a forensic audit in order to establish how much has been lost through manipulation of the system.
Speaking from Mombasa, Odinga who has been accused of shielding governors elected on his Orange Democratic Movement party ticket from accountability, lauded Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi’s handling of the embezzlement of Sh51 million from the county’s coffers.
He praised the Governor for not seeking to conceal the fact that the money has indeed been lost and for taking steps to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.
“The County Government of Kilifi also immediately suspended the ten officials implicated in this fraud by virtue of their passwords being used, pending conclusion of investigations… Now this looks like a commitment to getting to the bottom of loss of public money. The County Government of Kilifi did not begin by defending the suspects. They have not begun by denying that money was lost.
Governor Kingi and his government have not sought to spread the blame and pass the buck. They have not sought excuses by saying who else is suspected of corruption where. The Governor and his team have not lamented about lack of powers to fight corruption and theft. Instead, they have relied on the agencies that are controlled by and are at the disposal of the National Government to get to the bottom of the scam.”
The handling of which, Odinga said, President Kenyatta should borrow a leaf from most recently where the reported loss of billions from the Ministry of Health is concerned.
“The County Government of Kilifi has chosen to leave the culture of buck passing and spreading of blame and lamenting lack of powers and a wish for a return to the old days of dictatorial powers, to the national government that specialises in that game. All we see is the President and his deputy spending more public money on spin initiatives that are meant to show that the Counties are more corrupt… trying to turn themselves into supervisors of county governments, having failed to supervise the National Government that Kenyans directly mandated them to supervise… Kenyans derive no benefit from the assurances that the supporters of the President keep giving to them that the President is not personally corrupt.”