KIRINYAGA GOVERNOR WAIGURU QUIZZED BY EACC OVER A KSH.52.8M SUSPECT PENDING BILL

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The anti-graft agency, Ethic and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has questioned the Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru over suspect Kshs. 52.8 million pending bills at the county.

The Governor was summoned to shed the light on the bill incurred by the defunct Kirinyaga County Council for titling of 17,000 acres in South Ngariama land. The exercise was initiated by the former County Council in 1965 before being taken over by the County following devolution of government.

The Governor has said that no money had been paid by the County of the money owed to the surveyor. She said that out of the contract sum of Kshs.74 million, the defunct County Council of Kirinyaga had only paid Kshs.21 million, leaving an unpaid balance of Ksh.52 million.

EACC said despite the non payment, it had summoned the Governor to question her over the suspect pending bill, and to confirm whether the proper procurement process was at the start of the job.

The Governor is also being probed over an alleged Kshs.10.6 million irregular travel allowance paid to her. Other allegations include abuse of office and gross misconduct, as well as gross violation of the Constitution.

Kirinyaga Members of County Assembly (MCAs) had accused the Governor of awarding herself Kshs.10.63 million in imprests as travel allowances for foreign trips she never made.

They also accused her of irregularly awarding the Kshs.50 million tender to a company said to be associated with her relatives for supply and installation of hospital equipment, but the Commission said the work had been done by a different contractor.

While devolution was initiated to bring services closer to the people and ensure equity in distribution of resources to the 47 Counties in the country, many first term devolution Governors have fallen on the way after being caught up in corruption scandals while others are battling corruption allegations before courts, thus derailing the expected gains.

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