City Hall has yet again found itself on a tight spot over KShs. 248 million alleged to have been dispatched as payment for solid waste management.
The anomaly is captured in a report by the Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu, for the financial year ending June 30, 2020. The report states that there were no procurement records by City Hall to ascertain the variation in payments to firms that were managing garbage disposal at City Hall.
According to Ms Gathungu the AG’s report revealed that different firms engaging in the same services at the same geographical location were paid varied amounts of money, “Records on procurement of the contracts were not provided for audit and as a result, the reasons for the variances could not be confirmed.”
The report mentioned that value for money was not obtained on the KShs. 248 M expenditure. City Hall has in previous instances engaged in tender awards against the procurement guidelines, which opened up probe by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
City Hall in a June 30th 2018 financial year report, engaged in a KShs. 160 million tenders to garbage collectors. Later in July 2019, Nairobi County Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) revealed, following investigations, that officials at City Hall’s environment department could not account for the KShs.160 million.
The payment was made to 11 companies contracted to collect garbage at the county, even though, payment vouchers were not submitted for the same. Later, the Auditor General’s report queried City Hall for the irregularity.
City Hall is quite often a ground for corruption scandals, that hurt the economy in one way or the other. Investigations into such dealings are opened up and closed but the unscrupulous public servants still find ways of engaging in corrupt means through procurement loopholes.
The government is quite clear about curtailing corruption especially within the public service; hence the fight against corruption has been at the top of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda.