Governors refute claims of monetary misuse at county level
21 January 2014, 15:11
Nairobi - Governors have refuted claims of misusing funds
allocated for county development as alleged by the Auditor General, Githu
Speaking during the 2014 Governors Summit in Naivasha,
Wajir Governor, Ahmed Mohamad, said the report by the Auditor General was
incorrect and that the government had delayed the release of funds.
“When we read these things in the media it is as if all
we are having is parties and foreign trips.
Of course again there is no disclosure of who is going on foreign trips
whether it is the governors or Assemblies and what level of control do
the governors have over controlling the Assemblies from making these
trips,” said Mohamad .
The Attorney General, who also attended the summit,
challenged governors to strengthen county institutions to tackle graft within
the county level.
“If we do not spend sufficiently working on strengthening
county institutions, we will find that even a very visionary governor who
has his energy decimated firefighting around domestic questions within
the county and that is not productive and of course there is the ugly issue
of corruption,” said Prof. Muigai.
Meanwhile, visiting Rwanda President, Paul Kagame, said
devolution was the right track towards taking development to the grass root
“If we have missed earlier opportunities to make this a
reality, we should at least make sure we do not miss the prospects we have
today to deliver on the hope Africans have on our continent,” said Kagame.