Kilifi County oversight committee rejects report on usage of sh.220 million COVID-19 funds

An April photo of Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi flags off a lorry carrying food to be distributed to vulnerable families during the COVID-19 pandemic./COURTESY

Kilifi County Assembly General Oversight Committee has rejected a report by the executive on how sh.220 million allocated as a COVID-19 emergency fund was utilized.

The oversight committee led by Speaker Jimmy Kahindi denounced the report saying it lacked comprehensive backing on how funds were utilized

The development prompted the committee to summon some CECS on the utilization of the funds.

The CEC members summoned include Professor Gabriel Katana of Devolution his Health counterpart Charles Dadu and Finance CEC Samuel Nzai.

The exchequer released sh.220 million which if added to the sh.311,000 as direct receipts into the emergency fund account amounted to sh.220, 311, 000.

Some of the goods and services captured in the program include, five washing machines, seven ICU beds, 108,000 bags of beans, 18 900 bales of maize flour, transport allowances, normal beds, bedside cabinets, delivery and supply of certified maize and green gram seeds among other goods and services which amounted to sh.220 million.

The speaker indicated that the question in regards to the utilization of funds by the county government was raised by Kakuyuni Ward MCA Nixon Mramba who sought to know how the COVID-19 Funds were used since there was a lot of donor support from organizations and well-wishers.

Mramba said they really wanted to know on how funds were utilized to make sure that transparency was upheld.

”We have no dispute with how the funds were spent we just asked for further information,” he said.

They agreed with the CEC’s to avail a comprehensive report on August 31 on how the funds were utilized.

”We are told the executive bought bar soaps at sh.10 million, we want to know who received those bar soaps we don’t want to assume that the executive went on the road and distributed bar soaps,” he said.