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Governor in KES 61M misappropriation scandal

12 August 2013, 12:35 Wangui Joseph

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has been asked to probe into how about KES 61 million was paid to refurbish Nyeri governor’s office.

The Public Investment and Accounts Committee chairman Baragu Mutahi said the governor’s office paid the money to a contractor before he had done the work.

During a press conference held recently, Mutahi said his efforts to get the tender documents were futile following frustrations from the said office.

He was precisely trying to establish if the tendering process was above the board and was seeking to obtain the documents used in the process.

His committee was also seeking the newspaper advertisement that was inviting tenders, list of applicants and the report of the tender committee from the procurement office.

It further wanted to scrutinize the report of the Technical and Evaluation committee that would have cited reasons for giving the tender to Petlico Agencies accompanied by reasons behind the disqualification of other applicants.

Mutahi said that the County government paid the money for the refurbishment of former Town hall to the Petlico Agencies on June 29, 2013 in two vouchers.

The politician added that the EACC should intervene and unearth more information regarding the matter in order to avert any other cases of public fund and resources misappropriation.

He said his committee’s mandate includes safeguarding public resources and ensuring legal process is duly followed in the county jobs.

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