Mombasa County PAC fails to grill a top officer over corruption report

Mombasa County PAC fails to grill a top officer over corruption report

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Mombasa County Assembly during previous sessions

Mombasa County Public Accounts Committee  was on Monday forced to call off the much anticipated grilling of top senior officers in the County government over corruption scandals after one of them declined citing unpreparedness.

The County Executive Secretary Hamis Mwaguya who appeared first before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) accompanied by County director of finance Jonathan Nyongesa declined to be grilled,  instead asked to be given more time to prepare himself .

The County PAC chairman The  Fadhil Mwalimu led committee later agreed to give Mwaguya upto Monday next week to prepare and present himself for the exercise.

The County Government top officers were to appear this week before the County Public Accounts Committee  to be interrogated over Auditor General’s report that revealed an outright looting of public funds running into millions by unscrupulous people.

Other senior officers who are suppose to be grilled this week by the PAC in relation to the Auditor General’s report include County Executive Finance Hazel Koitaba and County Assembly Clerk Tubman Otieno.

Managing Director of Mombasa Water supply and sanitation Kombo Rajab will also be interrogated before the committee on Monday next week.

Auditor General, Mr Edward Ouko.
Auditor General, Mr Edward Ouko.

The Auditor General released a report on missing millions belonging to Mombasa County early June this year.

Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan also raised serious corruption allegations against the County government.

Hassan Omar , Mombasa Senator.
Hassan Omar , Mombasa Senator.

Auditor General Edward Ouko’s report raised various audit queries on inconsistencies that cover up massive looting of county funds, including those of the now-defunct Mombasa Municipal Council.

According to the 2013-2014 financial report, the county’s expenditure record had so many anomalies with an unspecified loss estimated in the hundreds of millions.

The report says the county government did not close 17 bank accounts of the municipal council as at June 30, 2014, contrary to the circular by the Transition Authority requiring closure of the accounts by February 28, 2013.

It   indicated that over ksh 200million were banked in the accounts during the period under review.

The funds were not transferred to the County Revenue Fund account at the Central Bank of Kenya in line with the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012.

The report also faulted the county Executive for exempting 96 manufacturers from payment of Cess, leading to massive loss of revenue.

The report revealed that one transport company was irregularly exempted from paying Cess which saw the county government losing Sh85, 451,500 in revenue over a six-month period.

Also unsupported are amounts of Kshs.7, 996,693 in respect of motor vehicle running expenses (fuel, tyres, and repairs).

The report already released to the public says Mombasa Governor hired a chopper at Kshs.738,715 for the Nandi Visit which could not be justified.

Amounts totaling Kshs.33,000,000 was also paid to private lawyers without county Government authority in the months of March 2013 could not be justified.