Kwale, KENYA: The National Tax Payers Association (NTA) early on Tuesday denied media reports of accusing Kwale County of funds misappropriation stating that the media quoted their report wrongly.
Speaking to the media in Kwale town, NTA National Coordinator Mr. Martin Nabisa said that he was misquoted by the media that his organisation had reported a sh 22 million misuse of project funds.
He further clarified that out of 39 projects they had done audit checks in Kwale County, only two were found to have failed the quality test.
He reported that contractors on the two projects of Msambweni Hospital and Bang’a Youth Polytechnic were found to have used poor quality building materials.
In his response, Kwale county Governor Salim Mvurya gave an example of how the NTA report categorized the new Tiwi Market as an incomplete project, while according to him the facility was officially handed over to the community for use in May 2016.
The County Government fully supported social audits but they should be factual, the governor added.
Governor Mvurya advised NTA that in future they should isolate quality audits from financial audits on projects, to avoid misleading the public since the two followed two different processes and methodologies.