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More accusations against Embu Governor

12 February 2014, 13:38

Nairobi - Beleaguered Embu County Governor, Martin Wambora, approved 28 appointments to the county public service against the provisions of County Government Act.

This is the latest accusation to emerge from the hearing that the Senate Committee that is probing allegations against the governor.

Embu County Assembly lawyer, Charles Njenga, told the Senate Committee that the Governor flouted the provisions of the County government Act by appointing the public servants without legislative approval of the county government.

He alleged that the County Government Act did not provide for the said positions.

It emerged that the governor seemed not to be in charge of affairs at the county with the Chairman of the Committee, Bonny Khalwale, observing that Wambora kept pointing fingers or feigning ignorance of proceedings in his government.

The governor however told the Committee that the Embu County cabinet had never discussed procurement ever since he came into office last year.

“At no time have we ever discussed procurement issues at cabinet because it would be out of order,” he said.

The committee found it strange that the governor was not aware of the details of the major projects that his government was undertaking.

“It is like you are saying that you were oblivious of anything that was going on in the county and did not even get to know if the seeds that the county government bought germinated,” said Kipchumba Murkomen.

Apart from illegalities in appointments, the governor’s accusations include contravening of procurement rules in the purchase of KES 35 million worth of maize seeds that never germinated, procurement of vehicles and authorizing of renovation of Embu Stadium at a cost of KES 50 million up from KES 8 million.

– CAJ News

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