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Officer says he didn't steal Sh2 billion from county coffers

02 May 2016, 23:12 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - A Vihiga County chief officer, who was adversely mentioned in the ad hoc report investigating Sh2 billion debts four months ago, has said he was not responsible for the debt alone.

Tom Kisia, who was the chief officer for the Transport and Infrastructure department but has since been transferred to Water and Environment department, said debts were occasioned by all departments and MCAs.

“I am not a thief. I did not steal all the Sh2 billion from the county coffers by myself. I can’t be the only one responsible. The debts are spread across all departments and many other officers are responsible,” said Kisia.

He added, “There are even some MCAs who were forcing us to do some projects in their wards that had not been budgeted for. I am cleansing myself because I want to be a member of parliament in the next election.”

He spoke in a church function at Ivona PAG, during a funds drive where Senator George Khaniri, and MCAs Abdalla Chogo, Richard Muhiga and Vennah Kaisha attended.

Kisia’s sentiments contradict those of Governor Moses Akaranga who has said in the past that the county does not have any debts.  

The report was tabled by committee chairperson Andrew Ahuga in January and revealed that the county had many loopholes where funds unaccounted for disappear to.

In the report, documentary evidence provided by Governor’s office indicated a series of anomalies regarding award of projects in financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

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