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County built toilet for KES 11.5 million, probe team discovers

18 January 2016, 16:39 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Construction of a toilet for KES 11.5 million at Vihiga Radio Station compound baffled the ad hoc committee investigating cause of the County's pending bills that are in excess of KES 2 billion.

The report that was tabled by committee chairperson Andrew Ahuga on Friday evening revealed that the County had many loopholes.

"Construction of a toilet at Vihiga Radio Station awarded to Sulu Construction Limited at a cost of KES 11.3 million is among projects that were executed yet they had not been budgeted for. Ironically, such projects were paid for promptly leaving out those budgeted for," Ahuga observed.

The report revealed that construction of a sentry cubicle and electrical perimeter wall at the FM Station awarded to Stomatech Enterprises further cost KES 14.6 million.

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The Station, headed by Sammy Oyando, is located on a land not exceeding an eighth of an acre at the County headquarters in Mbale.

Ahuga noted the assembly in exercise of its oversight role has taken cognisance of apparent laxity in accountability and transparency in handling of public resources in the County.

"Devolution has had its fair share of challenges; top among them has been prudent utilisation of public resources in tandem with provisions of Constitution and other relevant legislation. Executive has constantly been violating provisions of the law in as far as management of public resources is concerned," said Ahuga.

He said there has been deliberate over-commitment of County funds leading to a spiralling debtor's portfolio and public outcry over poor service delivery.

The committee observed that on his own admission, chief officer for Environment, Tom Kisia while executing his duties in department of Transport and Infrastructure committed the County to numerous unauthorised expenditures.

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