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Cityhall officials Used Ksh. 18 Million Beautification Money As Per Diem for Trips

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Inquiry into payments with regards to the beautification  of Nairobi turned murkier today after the Chief officer finance and the environment sector failed to provide supporting documents on how they spent a whooping  Ksh. 18.7 million in the project.

Appearing before  PAC  committee Nairobi County Assembly the officials led by finance officer Halkano Waqo  and chief officer environment Mohammed Abdi admitted before the committee members and auditors that some vouchers were missing and that  what they  presented is only amounting to Ksh. 640,000 leaving Ksh. 18 Milion in question.

‘‘All in all what i can explain before this committee as for the briefing from the sector the Ksh. 18 million was  allocated for beautification  but it was not used for that purpose ,what has been used is only  Ksh. 640,000 ,but whether the figure will add up or not  we will consult  the accountants and bring before the committee.’’  Abdi stated.

At some point the beautification money was withdrawn and paid as per diem for  some city-hall officials with one classic example which according the response by the executive said they paid Ksh.  46,000 to Charles Gatara for a Machakos workshop.

Another  Ksh. 37,000 per diem was paid to an official who traveled to Lagos under unclear circumstances.

They have now been ordered by the committee chairman Wilfred Odalo  to appear before PAC on 2nd July at 10.30 am with all vouchers raised for the payments  and any other financial documents.

‘‘These issues involve public money  we cannot take them lightly, we want the officers before to appear  again with all supporting documents together with accountants at these departments .’’ He said.

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