Governor accused of embezzling KES 600 million
19 November 2014, 12:09
Nakuru - Nakuru West MP, Samuel Arama has accused Governor Kinuthia Mbugua of embezzling KES 600 million intended for projects in level five dispensaries within the County.
Arama further alleged that Governor Mbugua used the money in paying salaries to County workers instead of purchasing equipment for the dispensaries.
“The Governor used the money intended for health dispensaries to pay County workers which is very wrong,” he said.
He said that the misuse of money took place when the Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto was the acting Minister for Health.
The MP also said that the Governor has been busy opening dispensaries in the town, which are not completed while others do not have medicine and running water.
Addressing the media Tuesday in Nakuru town, Arama said that it was high time that the Governor accounted for the money.
“Governor Mbugua has opened several level five dispensaries but shockingly, most of them are incomplete,” he said.
He also accused the Governor of lying to Nakuru residents that he spent KES 72 million buying drugs whereas the project was initially sponsored by Kenya Medical Research Institution (KEMRI).
Arama added that he has all papers detailing how the project of “free drugs” was a pure sham by Mbugua administration.
He further revealed that he had written to Ethics and Anti–Corruption Commission to come and investigate the KES 600 million scam.
The lawmaker also faulted the County Assembly of Nakuru for failing to provide enough oversight to the County executive.
“Our County Assembly has failed us because they are not doing their work as required and that is why public money is being embezzled,” he added.
Arama said that Nakuru County government received close to KES 7.5 billion from the National Treasury but no major development has taken place yet.
He said that he has given Governor Mbugua ultimatum of one week to account for the KES 600 million.
However, when contacted by the media, Nakuru County Director of Communication Eddy Kimani said Governor Mbugua was working on responding in the allegation in due course.
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