Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi has vowed to risk his political goodwill when it comes to defending the county’s resources.
Kingi who was responding to the ongoing scandal where the county lost at least sh. 51 million in the departments of Health services and finance, said he has put on notice ten top county officials in his administration.
Speaking in Kadaina Island in Kilifi North on Monday, Kingi said the ten will face the full force of the law should they be proved guilty of the ill motive action that has left many people in Kilifi short of services.
“I will never tolerate such issues of corruption in my government, and I want you (the people of Kilifi) to assist me in uprooting this weed in the government,” said Kingi.
“I know when I take such actions people will come to me saying it would spoil my politics, I am telling you that I am ready to lose the political goodwill but to safeguard the people’s resources.” Added Kingi.
The scandal came to the limelight on 27th of September 2016 where the health services department is alleged to have lost sh. 30 million.
On 8th of November 2016, Kilifi County secretary Owen Baya in a press statement, outlined the total defrauded money to be sh. 45 million; a matter that was not taken lightly by the people of Kilifi.
“As you may be aware, recent press reports have reported that the Kilifi County Government lost Khs. 45 million through fraudulent activities that included interfering with the IFMIS system and internet banking systems which are used to process payments from the County Government main account held at the Central Bank,” read the press statement signed by the County Secretary Owen Baya.
During the grilling of Ben Kai, Finance Chief Officer, he said the amount of money lost had increased to sh. 51.2 million when asked by speaker of the County Assembly Jimmy Kahindi.
“Mr. Chairman Sir, I want to confirm to you that the total amount of money lost is sh. 51.2 million,” said Mr. Kai.
However Governor Kingi told the public that the companies are based in Nairobi and were registered abnormally with a lot of information missing such as Identification Cards numbers of the directors.
“These companies are as follows; Daima One Enterprises whose directors are Sarah Wangui Kamau, Makegra supplies Ltd whose directors are Mary M. Kamau and Kennedy K. Irungu, Leadership Edge Associates Ltd whose directors are Samuel B. Macharia and Kangai K. Mwangi, Zohali services Ltd whose directors are Anne Muthoni Kibogo and Lucy Wangui Kibogo and finally Kilingi investment Company Ltd whose dirctors are Stephen Mutua Mwinzi and Hellen M. Mutisya.” Said Kingi.
The ten suspects will face the County Assembly Special Committee for grilling on Tuesday the 15th of November 2016.
This comes as hundreds of people from various areas of the Kilifi County are starving of hunger and livestock dying.