Governor accused of running County as a private company
23 May 2015, 10:12
Nairobi – Nyamira Senator, Mongare Bw’okong’o has accused his Governor, John Nyagarama of running county affairs as a “private company” without involving other elected leaders and stakeholders thereby leading to massive misappropriation of public funds.
Bw’okong’o has threatened to initiate the process of impeaching Nyagarama for misuse of public funds, violation of the Constitution by conducting irregular procurements and perpetuating clanism and nepotism in hiring county workers.
The Senator claimed that the County Assembly has ground to a halt due to lack of operational expenses because of being micro-managed by the governor’s County Executive.
“The governor has blatantly disregarded procurement laws and procedures where tenders are awarded to his cronies such as irregular purchase of cars, ambulances worth KES 54 million, tractors and Earth Movers costing KES 230 million, CT-Scan machine at KES 74 million and the contract for refurbishment of the County Assembly initially at KES 17 million then doubled to KES 34 million,” claimed Bw’okong’o.
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He said some of the procured county facilities such as ambulances are not serving the public due to break down and that Members of County Assembly (MCAs) are yet move to the refurbished Assembly building because it is incomplete and poorly done, yet 10 months have passed since the repair started.
“I am going to present petitions to the Senate for investigations into the Nyagarama administration’s expenditure of the allocated county funds. He has to be held accountable for misuse of the county’s resources and abuse to the constitutional leadership and integrity provisions,” said Bw’okong’o.
The Senator also claimed that Nyagarama has not been engaging the public in initiating the county projects such as the multi-million Manga Stadium, and the contentious proposed construction of Kiabonyoru University worth KES 100 million, which is under the National Government’s functions.
“The purported completion of 220km of roads done by the county government is only imaginary. The County Assembly has become an appendage of the Executive and abdicated on its oversight role by misallocation of KES 200 million meant for development to recurrent expenditure,” said Bw’okong’o.
He also accused the Auditor General’s officers sent to examine the counties books of accounts of colluding with Nyagarama’s administration by receiving bribes to approve questionable expenditures.
“I fault the National Government agencies like the Auditor General for burying his head in the sand and becoming part of the corruption syndicate in Nyamira County. The auditors collude with the Governor in the wastage of public funds,” claimed the Senator.
Bw’okong’o vowed not to allow the county to collapse and the taxpayers’ money to get lost under his watch before residents get the taste of fruits of devolution.
The Senator also vowed to marshal the county’s elected leaders, key stakeholders and residents to come up with petitions to push for Nyagarama to account for his government’s expenditures.
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