MOMBASA, Kenya, May 10 – The Council of Governors (CoG) has asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigation to investigate the mix-up that was witnessed in the audited county government accounts.
Recently, while appearing before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, the Kiambu County government was surprised with the anomalies that were highlighted on national government budget lines that had been included in the county government.
CoG chair, Wycliffe Oparanya, who is also the Kakamega Governor, said they later on found that 11 county governments had erroneous description reflecting typical national government programmes and sub-programmes.
“We as the county governments feel that this is a serious issue that the only qualified and independent institution should investigate and clarify,” said Oparanya.
Flanked by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, James Ongwae (Kisii), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma) and Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), Oparanya said DCI is the only independent person to investigate this “mystery”.
“The DCI should investigate this. We are saying so because he is more independent to the county government, to the Treasury, to the Auditor General and even to the controller of budget,” he said.
Oparanya said let it be investigated and DCI should come out with a report and make it public.
“Let him come out with a report and make it public so that the general public can make their judgement. For us, we cannot say what happened. It is a surprise to us. We cannot say whether the money was misappropriated or not, or whether there was mis-posting or not, that is what we want to find out,” he said.
He said they are also concerned that actually money was spent on these budgetary lines without county government knowledge.
“It is a mystery to all of us,” said Oparanya.
Kibwana said they were surprised to find national government accounts mixed with the audited accounts of county governments.
“The DCI should first tell us why there are two audited reports of county government. We will not appear before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts until this issue is first resolved,” said Kibwana.
On another issue raised by governors was the division of revenue for the 2018/2019 financial year.
The governors said the National Assembly has proceeded to go on recess without resolving the issue regarding Sh9 billion of sharable revenue to counties for this current financial year,” said Kibwana.
He said due to this problem, county government have been unable to offer services, pay contractors and pay salaries as of July 1 this year; and this will lead to a shut down of county governments,” he said.