Governor freezes County accounts, suspends clerk over embezzlement
23 April 2015, 21:12
Vihiga - Vihiga Governor, Moses Akaranga has moved in to quell crisis at the County assembly by ordering the freezing of its accounts, in the wake of suspension of the County clerk, Josphat Musambayi.
Governor Akaranga had been frustrated by the assembly goings-on following allegations that the suspended clerk has been involved in massive embezzlement of funds.
On Monday, a special committee of the assembly resolved to suspend the clerk and appointed Linet Mugalitsi to serve in his place in acting capacity.
“You are required to immediately hand over your duties and all County assembly properties to Linet Mugalitsi,” part of the letter suspending the clerk read.
The suspension of the clerk has divided the County assembly into two camps, with each bracing for a long tussle amid refusal by the clerk to step aside.
The assembly leader of Majority David Ogova, Leader of Minority Peter Amuhinda, and County Assembly Service Board-appointed member Benson Mudangale, while addressing a press conference, said that they had decided to take the action so that independent investigations into the clerk’s conduct can be launched.
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Among the eight issues that the committee want the clerk investigated on include a recent trip where he took six people to Singapore without the board's approval.
“Despite the workers in assembly not having been paid and others who were laid off in unclear circumstances suffering in the cold, the clerk has been on a spending spree on lavish trips without the approval of the County Assembly Service Board,” the suspension letter goes on.
The letter further notes that the clerk has failed to advertise for the position of the deputy clerk as agreed upon and directed by the board.
“You have deliberately frustrated the external member of the assembly board by not paying him his allowances for a long time; and Insubordination and other misconducts, enumerated in letters of County assembly service board to you dated April 3, 2014, and August 6, 2014,” the letter reads.
Ogova added that the clerk had failed to provide a harmonised supplementary budget to the board for approval and he had purchased vehicles at the assembly without following proper procedures.
“The fact that the clerk is facing criminal charges at Kakamega Law Courts should make him step aside peacefully to clear his name,” Ogova added.
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