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Oparanya ordered to appear before Senate in person

02 October 2014, 08:11 Samuel Kiska

Nairobi – Senate’s County Public Accounts and Investment committee chair, Bonny Khalwale has surcharged and issued summons to Kakamega County Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya for failing to honor requests to appear before the committee to respond to audit queries.

Khalwale, who is the Kakamega Senator, directed the Auditor General, Edward Ouko to compute all the expenditure spent by two top officials from Kakamega County who had then appeared before his committee to serve a High Court order stopping Oparanya’s appearance.

Oparanya had sent his Executive member in charge of Finance, Paul Otsula and County Secretary, Jeremiah Were to deliver a court order issued last month by the High Court stopping governors from appearing before the Senate committees to answer audit queries until the case filed by the Council of Governors is determined.

“This forces me to direct the office of the clerk to issue summons to the Governor of Kakamega to appear before this committee on November 11. Mr. Otsula, tell the Governor to come with all officers who will help him to answer some serious audit queries,” said Khalwale.

He directed the county leaders to surrender all accommodation receipts and any other expenditure for computation to determine the amount that will be surcharged on the Governor “for wasteful expenditure.”

“There are serious problems for Kakamega County and the Governor needs to appear in person to respond to them,” he added.

Khalwale cited the redirection of KES 5.2 million meant for Local Authority Transfer Fund (LATF) to purchase Oparanya’s official vehicle.

“When auditors asked the county executive in charge of finance and the Governor to produce the logbooks, they could not,” said Khalwale.

He also noted that the county government could not support expenditure of KES 17.3 million which was paid to some contractors.

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“The county also paid out KES 37 million without any supporting documents. Debtors for the defunct municipal council of Mumias amounting to KES 10 million had no proper records. The registers for rent and rates were not reconciled,” said Khalwale.

The Kakamega Senator further revealed that as at June 30, 2014, the county had debts amounting to KES132 million in addition to an amount of KES 125 and KES 60.6 million in respect of cess from Mumias Sugar Company.

“There are claims that motor vehicles logbooks were stolen. This begs the question that if logbooks were stolen, where is the vehicles at the moment?” posed Khalwale.

Khalwale said some cash and cash balance amounting to KES 1.3 million was being collected weekly from January to May 2013.

“There is no explanation given to the auditors as to the reasons why the weekly collections dropped from Sh1.3 million to the current KES 10 000. We want the governor to explain this drastic drop in revenue collection,” said Khalwale.

He listed two vehicles KAW 742 a double cabin and KAW 204Z as having no logbooks and any documentation respectively.

The auditors had also questioned the payment of KES 4.9 million to a contractor who undertook a contract of KES 1 million and was to be paid through LATF and Constituencies Development Fund (CDF) as opposed to county funds.

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