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Laikipia County officials in a row

19 July 2013, 14:06 James Kabotia

Laikipia County officials are embroiled in a tug of war over the procedure of buying eight vehicles to the tune of KES 44.8 Million.

The County assembly members are pointing a blaming finger to Governor Joshua Irungu Wakahora for placing an order to a local motor dealer without consulting the house.

Lead the County into crisis

The members claim that the Governor’s move could lead the County into crisis, saying that the executive should respect the oversight role of the county assembly instead of working alone.

They said that the vehicles would be arriving next week yet the release of funds to counties could delay due to wrangles between the national assembly and the senate.

The members who were led by County assembly deputy Speaker Peter Kimondo criticized Hon Irungu’s move, saying that they will summon the finance team next week to elaborate on the issue.  

“The Governor did not only source the suppliers of the vehicles, but also committed the County’s money before acquiring approval from the assembly on the appropriations bill,” said Kimondo.

They claim that the executive team was supposed to present the proposal for buying of the vehicles to the committee of supplies.

Kamondo who is also the Nanyuki town ward representative said that the report would then have been tabled in the assembly for discussion and approval.

Single source procurement of 8 fuel guzzlers

They claimed that the County government had ordered Eight Ford Everest vehicles which are fuel guzzlers.

Umande ward representative Mwangi Maruga said that the tender was given to CMC Motors through single-sourcing and that the vehicles are in high seas.

He questioned why the County government failed to invite other companies who would have sold quality and cheaper vehicles.

However, the Governor maintained that the purchase of the vehicles did not necessarily require the passing of appropriations bill, saying that there was an existing budget set aside for that particular project.

“The national government has existing contracts with some motor dealers to supply counties with vehicles and this deal is above board,” said Hon Irungu.

Irungu who was speaking during the swearing in of three County executives in his office said that the deal was in line with public procurement regulations.

The Governor further remarked that anyone who is not pleased with the procurement should challenge him in court.

The County executives also defended the deal, saying that the vehicles were not for prestige but for efficient service delivery in Laikipia County.

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