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Khalwale to summon his Governor over misappropriation claims

20 December 2015, 15:37 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga Governor, Moses Akaranga will be summoned to Senate’s Public Accounts Committee to explain projects accomplished through billions of shillings the county has got for devolution.

Senators George Khaniri (Vihiga) and Bonny Khalwale (Kakamega) said cases of the county misappropriating funds meant for projects have been rife.

“In the last two years of devolution, the county has misappropriated funds and we are now putting Governor Akaranga on notice over the widespread allegations,” said Khaniri.

The senators spoke when they attended a funeral service at Mungavo in Hamisi Sub County.

“Akaranga will soon be asked to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to shed more light on the projects his administration has implemented,” said Khalwale.

The senators said the regional government had misappropriated the finances sent to it by the national government in the last two years of devolution.

"I am disturbed by what I am hearing about our county," said Khaniri.

He added, "We voted in devolution to bring development closer to the people. We did not vote in devolution to enrich a few people in our county."

Khaniri said he would organise a serious meeting with the governor to discuss the county's debt that has alleged soared to KES 2.5 billion in the last two years.

"We have information the county already has a debt of KES 2.5 billion. What projects did the debt fund?" he posed.

Khaniri said an ad hoc committee set up by the county assembly to probe the cause of the debt and cash flow in the county since the onset of devolution was a clear indication all was not well in the county.

He asked the committee to do a thorough investigation and make a comprehensive report for appropriate action to be undertaken by relevant authorities.

His Kakamega counterpart claimed corruption was rife in the county governments and said the Public Accounts Committee he chairs would soon write to the governor summoning him to appear before it.

"I am not going to summon Akaranga through a funeral ceremony. My committee will write to him asking him to appear before it," he said.

Khalwale said the governor will be required to tell his committee the projects he had implemented using the billions received from the national government and local revenue sources.

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