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Governor quashes misappropriation claims

27 February 2014, 10:13 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru County Governor, Kinuthia Mbugua has quashed reports that his government was misappropriating money intended for projects.

Kinuthia said that the County was receiving KES 5.9 billion from the central government out of which KES 4.2 billion was being used to pay workers and settle debts that were left by the defunct municipal council.

“We are spending all the money we are getting from national Treasury as intended but some of the cash is being used to settle some of the loans we inherited from the municipal council,” he said.

Speaking on Wednesday after opening a health center at Menengai ward in Nakuru town, the governor urged the media not to misinform the public on expenditure of the county money.

He said that the media must be objective in their reporting in order to help the public to be well informed on county matters.

“The public deserve to know what is happening in the county and that is why the press members must verify all the information before releasing it,” he said.

He also said that people should stop comparing Nakuru County with other counties since each county has its own agenda.

Kinuthia further said the main agenda for his government was to fight poverty in the county through strengthening vulnerable groups.

Commenting on tender issue, Kinuthia defended the embattled county procurement officer, Elizabeth Masaku saying her department was doing its work well.

He said leaders should stop politicizing every decision his government undertakes since a lot remains to be done at the ward level.

“Constant politicking about procurement will not help our County to grow and develop as we have planned,” he said.

He said it is very wrong for people to continue targeting officers in his government at the expense of the public who are still waiting for development projects.

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