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Judiciary spends KES 46M on ghost project in Mavoko

10 April 2014, 17:14 Nechesa Chemoi

Makueni - The Chief Registrar Anne Atieno Thursday revealed that the Judiciary had spent more than KES 46 million on the construction of a court building that has never existed.

Speaking when she toured Mavoko Law Courts as part of an ongoing Judiciary-wide inspection and review of construction projects and costs, Anyango said the Judiciary requested and received a budgetary allocation for the construction of a court in Mavoko in 2012 as an urgent response to the demand for justice services close to the weighbridge at Mlolongo.

“Records show that the Judiciary, contrary to government financial regulations, has paid the contractor and construction consultants KES 46.4 million. More than one year later, there is absolutely nothing on the ground,” she said, adding that the court continues to operate from two containers to date.

She vowed to take action against the responsible officers and pledged to establish a Building and Infrastructure Unit in the Judiciary to provide oversight on construction works.

The Judiciary Service Commission and Parliament have questioned the costs of construction in the Judiciary prompting the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to direct a full review and evaluation of construction projects and their cost.

She warned that the Judiciary shall not condone fraud, misrepresentation, or inflation of costs by contractors or officers within its ranks.

“The Judiciary will not finance ghost projects. There shall be personal accountability for all the decisions that lead to the loss of public funds,” she said.

According to her, there shall be full accountability, including recovery of public funds lost by individuals who have committed errors or deliberate actions leading to the loss.

“I hope that the Executive, Parliament, and Independent Commissions and Offices shall support the Judiciary in enforcing these accountability requirements,” she said.

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