Rufftone on spot after signing massive inmprests in Vihiga
06 August 2015, 21:33
Nairobi - A renown gospel singer popularly known as Rufftone is on the spot after a report approved by the Vihiga County assembly revealed that he received an imprest of KES180,000 during the distribution of subsidised fertiliser between March 3 and March 7 this year.
The report by an ad hoc committee chaired by Muhudu ward representative Mr Jackson Musoga notes that Rufftone received the said amount in different denominations on diverse dates for entertaining the public who were buying the fertiliser for planting and top dressing.
The report that compelled Governor Moses Akaranga to suspend Agriculture minister Mrs Halima Abdi and her chief officer Mr Moses Andagalu notes that the signatures appended against the musician's name are different.
The report reads, "Rufftone signed for a lot of money on a foolscap for different amounts but the signatures are not the same."
It adds, "Someone may have forged his signatures to swindle the money in his name."
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According to the report approved with amendments last week, Rufftone received KES140,000 on March 3, KES20,000 on March 6 and another KES20,000 on March 7.
The Director of Agribusinesses Mr Lucus Makhaniah is quoted in the report as saying the sourcing of the singer to entertain fertiliser buyers was not known.
Mr Makhaniah however confirmed that "Rufftone was paid some monies".
The embattled chief officer, Mr Andagalu, however said the gospel singer approached him and requested to offer entertainment services for the county during the distribution of fertiliser and be paid from the proceeds from the sale of the commodity.
The county agriculture minister, Mrs Abdi, not quote the exact amount paid to the musician saying she does not handle the department's finances.
Rufftone's name appears five times in a report that has left the county's administration especially after the report indicated that a total of KES831,200 was paid as imprest during the one week ferteliser distribution.
The report called for further investigations and verifying of the signatures to ascertain if its Rufftone who signed for the money.
Elsewhere the nine member ad hoc committee set up to conduct further investigations and audit into the procurement and distribution of the KES30 million fertiliser begun its sittings yesterday.
Surprisingly Mr Akaranga is yet to effect the report's recommendation compelling him to suspend Mrs Abdi and Mr Andagalu.
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