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Governor Mutua faults report on county cash spending

19 February 2014, 08:15 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Machakos County governor Alfred Mutua has defended himself and his administration against claims of misuse of county funds as indicated in the Auditor General’s report.

Mutua said if the money was being embezzled then they would not have attained what they have done for the people of Machakos since his election.

“The auditor should do his work and give us time to explain controversial issues if any,” said Mutua during an interview on Citizen Television.

He differed with the report over the money the county contributed towards the funeral of the late Makueni Senator, Mutula Kilonzo, saying it was approved by County Assembly members.

“Our budget had been approved and we were the only county that was able to withdraw money from our account, so we had to do so and give Mutula a descent burial as our hero,” said Mutua adding that previously, public funds had been used to organize funerals for senior government officials but no one had queried the expenditure.

“I will never apologise for spending the money in Mutula’s funeral,” said Mutua.

With regards to the report that proper procedures were not followed during the purchase of vehicles to be used by his staff, Mutua said he advertised the tenders in local dailies and the process was open.

“We bought second hand vehicles instead of new ones to save public funds. The audit was done two weeks after we had purchased the cars and the log books were with the Kenya Revenue Authority officers for registration when the auditors came,” he said.

According to him, that is the reason why they could not produce the documents when the auditor required them.
“But now we have the documents and he has not seen them. An audit is good but it should not be a witch hunting between senators and governors,” said Mutua.

He warned that if devolution fails then there will be a revolution in this country.

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