Constituencies On The Spot Over 'Missing' Millions
May. 15, 2019
Six constituencies are on the spot for failing to account for Sh59.1 million according to the latest report of the Auditor General tabled in Parliament. The constituencies include Tetu, Othaya, Samburu West, Kangema, Soy and Mathare.
The audit report indicates how projects are left halfway while others are never completed despite depleting the money meant for them. In Tetu, the report says that there was no value for Sh3 million that was disbursed to three schools, each getting Sh1 million for renovation of classrooms and completion of administration block.
For instance, Sh1 million was disbursed to Nyathithe Primary School for the renovation of eight classroom but works was only done on the front walls while nothing was done on the back side. The report further revealed that painting of the roofing, verandah floor and some windows on the walls at the back of the building was not done.
The situation is the same in Kiwaithanji Primary School where Sh1 million was allocated for renovation of eight classrooms but only four were refurbished. At Hubuini Primary School, Sh1 million that was allocated for the completion of an administration block was exhausted yet the work was not complete. The report indicates that only roofing was completed while flooring, plastering and painting works had not even commenced.
In Soy Constituency, the report indicates that Sh800, 000 was allocated for the construction of a classroom at Moi’s Bridge Secondary School. However, the project was never implemented. Mr Ouko also questioned use of Sh26 million meant to finance 39 projects in the constituency. Most of the projects were found to be incomplete despite the disbursement of funds to the project management committee.
In Samburu West Constituency, Mr Ouko has questioned the use of Sh2.9 million disbursed to Wamba Secondary School for the completion of a laboratory. The report indicates that the project management committee used labour-based contract and supply of materials instead of open tender method for the project without justification. Physical verification of the project by auditors in January this year revealed incomplete works including drainage works, sinks, electrical works and gas fittings.
In addition, the contractor was not on the site, further raising doubts whether the project will be completed.
“The regularity and value for money of Sh2.9 million already spent on the project as at June, 2018 could not be confirmed,” reads the audit report.
In Kangema Constituency, Sh5 million was spent on the construction of Kiawambogo Police Post which has remained non-operational as Kenya Police indicated that the armoury did not conform to police guidelines. Physical verification of the project revealed leaking roof due to poor workmanship.
The constituency is also on the spot for buying a generator worth Sh1 million which is yet to be commissioned due to its incompatibility with power connection in the premises. The generator was to be installed at Kangema Ranet FM. The report indicates that the automatic switch mode installed in the generator requires a three-phase electricity supply while the supply connection in the premises is single phase.
“No effort appears to have been taken by the CDF management to have the generator operational,” reads the report.
In Othaya, the Auditor-General has questioned how Sh20 million bursary fund for secondary schools and tertiary institutions was disbursed. The report says that bursary committees did not avail minutes indicating the criteria used in selecting the beneficiaries. Mathare Constituency is on the spot for renting an office at a cost of Sh400,000 monthly despite having an office which was constructed at a cost of Sh22 million. The building is now being used by the police.
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