The Mombasa County Public Accounts Committee failed for the second day running to interrogate top county government officers in relation to the Auditor Generals report which alleges massive corruption scandals in the county.
The Mombasa County Assembly Clerk Tubman Otieno who was to interrogated on Tuesday said he was not prepared to be grilled over the report, as he had not yet got the required documents.
Tubman who is also former Mombasa municipal Town clerk said he requires more time to counter check the report since he has been out of country for the past two weeks.
Failure by the Public Accounts Committee to grill the officers for the second day running is raising concerns on the capability of the committee to handle such a vital exercise.
But the committee chairman Fadhil Mwalimu said they have decided to give the officers ample time as it is within their constitutional rights to prepare themselves.
“it’s a right of a person to be given ample time to go and prepare himself, then if he comes for the second time and he don’t have the required documents, then as a committee we have the right to take further action” said Fadhil.
Mr. Fadhil also refuted claims that they never informed the officers to be questioned in time.
“We informed them 14 days before, as required by law, and we also informed them that five days before the interrogations they must bring the required documents to the committee”, added Fadhil.
County Secretary Hamis Mwaguya was the first county officer to appear before the committee accompanied by County director of finance Jonathan Nyongesa declined to be grilled, instead asked to be given more time to prepare himself .
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.
Managing Director of Mombasa Water supply and sanitation Kombo Rajab will also be interrogated before the committee on Monday next week.
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.
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.