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Lusaka names officers in controversial KES 1 M wheelbarrow purchase

10 September 2015, 09:15 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Bungoma Governor, Kenneth Lusaka has named five county officers involved in the purchase of controversial 10 wheelbarrows worth KES 1 million and asked each to promptly account for the procurement.

Lusaka, who maintained that he has been in forefront of fighting graft in his government, ordered responsible officers to provide him with a comprehensive procurement report of wheelbarrows before Friday for scrutiny as the anti-corruption officers investigates the matter.

The officers include the former Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives County Executive Officer Patrick Koyi, the Tender Committee chairman Howard Lugadiru, the Evaluation Committee chairman John Masinde, the Evaluation committee Secretary Ayub China and the County Director of Veterinary Services Wycliffe Wangwe.

“Let it be clear that criminal activities such as corruption, misappropriation of public funds and ignorance of public procurement procedures will not be tolerated in Bungoma County, and any officer found guilty will face necessary action,” warned Lusaka in a statement.

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He insisted that his government will not tolerate any misappropriation of public funds because it compromises the fulfillment of his manifestos.

“My duty remains to best serve the people of Bungoma, ensuring transparency and accountability at all levels. I have therefore invited officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to move with speed to commence immediate investigations on the wheelbarrow issue, among other audit queries whose recommendations I will implement,” said Lusaka.

Lusaka revealed that he had been relying on a preliminary report from the Veterinary Department on the procurement of 10 wheelbarrows justifying their disputed KES 109 000 cost each and the quality hence the requested comprehensive report will allow for thorough scrutiny before taking appropriate action.

The governor pointed out that it is not the first time he has received reports with conflicting procurement practices citing the November 2013 report from the same Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives regarding the purchase of fertilizers where he quickly sanctioned for an internal audit that led to the sacking of responsible officers.    

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