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Senate to scrutinize Murang’a County debt of KES 2.5 billion

11 September 2015, 11:44 Joseph Njung'eh

Murang'a - A report detailing debts owed by Murang’a County government will be tabled before Senate committee on Public Accounts for scrutiny.

Murang’a Senator, Kembi Gitura has said that he spoke to the chairman of the committee over the report indicating the County government owes more than KES 2.5 billion to suppliers and contractors.

He wondered how the debts were accrued since every expenditure is factored in the budget at beginning of each financial year.

“I have talked to the chairperson of the Senate’s committee on Public Accounts to scrutinize the report and find out if some of the contracts were awarded genuinely,” said Gitura, who is also the Senate’s deputy speaker.

On August 14, Murang’a County executive secretary for finance and planning, George Kamau released a report indicating the amount the County owes suppliers and contractors since year 2013.

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“I wonder why some contractors are not being paid since their debts were incurred in past financial years, but with the scrutiny of the report, we will establish the reasons behind delays in payments,” added the Senator.

He noted that in the report, one contractor is owed more than KES 73 million wondering how the contractor has been operating with such huge amounts of arrears.

Kembi further said the Senate has not yet received the Auditor General’s report on accounts of Murang’a County saying the delay has hindered the house from scrutinizing the expenditure of the County government.

In a rejoinder, Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria dismissed allegations that the County government is unable to pay the debts.

He said the debts have to be paid after the work assigned is done and certificate of completion issued.

“These people who are going around politicking on County debts should engage in things that are beneficial to the people of this County,” said wa Iria.

The Governor said all debts owed by the County government will be duly audited to verify their authenticity before they are paid.

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