Senate to probe Kabogo’s proposal to spend KES 221M on vehicles
21 May 2015, 16:15
Nairobi – The Senate Finance committee has been directed to probe the passage of a contentious Bill by the Kiambu County Assembly allowing Governor William Kabogo to buy 42 vehicles worth KES 221 million for his administration.
The Senate Speaker, Ekwe Ethuro directed the Finance committee upon receiving a petition by a section of the County Assembly members opposed to the legislation and accusing Kabogo of allegedly instigating unlawful process of enacting the Supplementary Appropriations Bill to push for the purchase of the vehicles.
The petition undersigned by 24 MCAs and presented to the Senate by Kiambu Senator, Kimani Wamatangi states that Kabogo abrogated himself the role of law-making to meet his personal agenda after the County Assembly refused to pass the contentious bill.
The petition sparked much criticism to governors by the senators during debating session where the County bosses were asked to adhere to their County assemblies' resolutions to avoid unwanted expenditures.
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Vihiga Senator, George Khaniri said, “We thought the little money we are sending to counties should be for water, roads and other projects.”
“It is disheartening and sad that governors are using this money to buy themselves posh cars and build themselves palatial homes,” he added.
The petition states that the Kiambu County Assembly amended Kabogo administration’s initial Bill which had sought to buy 72 vehicles at KES 221 million. The Assembly instead proposed the purchase of 15 vehicles in its amendment, a move that displeased the Governor.
He instead declined to assent to the amended Bill and returned it to the Assembly for reconsideration after proposing the purchase of 42 vehicles from the initial 72, but surprisingly at same amount of KES 221 million, raising the MCAs' eyebrows.
The petitioners argue that the Kabogo’s forceful manner of illegally pushing for the passage of the contentious Bill has caused tension in the County because residents also rejected the proposed purchase of vehicles.
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