NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 9 – A new report by the Auditor General shows that City Hall cannot account for Sh18 million spent on beautification project in the last 12 months.
This is despite Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko saying that he uses his own money to fund the beautification projects in the City, which involves planting of flowers, trees and grass along major city roads.
Last year in December when Sonko appeared before Senate’s Public Accounts Committee he told the Senators that he was using his own money because the project wasn’t factored in the County budget.
The Senators questioned why he was using his money to fund a County project but Sonko told them that this is due to his philanthropic nature and his love for Nairobi County.
However the report by the Auditor General Edward Ouko for the 2017/2018 financial year shows otherwise.
Ouko in his report says that the County government did not provide payment vouchers for both casual workers and materials used like cement, paint and pipes used for beautification along the roads.
“Examination of vote book for Environment, Water, Energy and Natural Resources sector revealed expenditure totaling Ksh 18,750,000 on casual payments during the financial year 2017/18. However details of expenditure and supporting documents were not provided for audit review,” he states.
Further the report revealed that payment vouchers for expenditure totaling Sh640,000 were processed in respect of surrender of imprests for the beautification programme.
Ouko also observed that undetermined expenditure was incurred to purchase materials used for the beautification purposes but the management did not provide any record to show the cost of these goods and services, and the method of procurement used.
“Consequently, it was not possible to ascertain that value for money was realized in the beautification process,” he says.
City Hall started the beautification in May last year, a project which is set to run up to 2022 and is part of the Nairobi regeneration project.