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Nakuru County Assembly defends graft; says governor clean

21 November 2014, 19:51 Chepkwony Robert

Nakuru - The Nakuru County Assembly has come in defense of Governor Kinuthia Mbugua who has been accused of misappropriation of KES 600 million meant for maternity wing at the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital (PGH).

Led by the assembly’s leader of majority Smuel Waithuke, the MCAs are accusing a section of the MPs, Samuel Arama of Nakuru Town West and Kimani Ngunjiri of Bahati, who launched the ‘Okoa Nakuru’ campaign of failing in their national duties and seek relevance in County affairs.

Waithuki said the county assembly is capable in its oversight, legislation and representation role adding it did not need any assistance from the legislators.

“The said report of misappropriated KES 600 million was tabled in the assembly and debated by the members who gave it a clean bill of health. We are behind the governor and if any shortcoming is realized, we will raise the red flag,” said Waithuki.

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He called upon the legislators to be consulting the assembly before criticizing the county leadership as it is portraying a bad picture of the county as they have obligation of shaping the leadership of the County.

“The MPs should solve their differences with the governor amicably because it is a shame and embarrassing that they attack him and later follow him to apologize.” Waithuki added.

The assembly’s Health Committee Chairman Joseph Langat exonerated the governor and officers in the Ministry of health from misappropriation of the said KES 600 million but failed to give details on the allegations.

“On whether the money was not used to the intended purpose by the board, I am not in a position to explain that,” said Langat.

It is alleged that, the government used KES 600 million to pay health workers and other projects contrary to the intended purpose of improving maternity in the hospital.

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