Misappropriation of Funds at the Counties
The Senate Finance Committee has accused governors of misappropriating funds through single sourcing and violating procurement laws.
It is unfortunate that a number of governors are banking public funds in personal bank accounts.
Reasons for banking in personal accounts
Ken Lusaka defended his decision to deposit Ksh 300 million in the bank account of an individual. He pointed out to the Public Finance Management regulations which points out that imprest is not supposed to be banked in the official bank accounts.
It is instead banked in separate (read personal accounts) operated by the imprest holder.
Decline to Pay for Goods & Services delivered
A number of governors have been reported to act with impunity by refusing to pay for services and goods delivered. This is violating of Public Procurement and Disposal Act.
The Senate Finance Committee recommended that the allegations against the Bungoma County boss and other accused governors, the county treasury officials to be investigated by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) and necessary actions taken.
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