De­funct Tran­si­tional Author­ity of­fi­cials are to blame for au­dit quer­ries, says Nathif

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Gov­er­nor Nathif Jama has blamed of­fi­cers from the de­funct Tran­si­tional Author­ity for be­ing be­hind the fi­nan­cial and pro­cure­ment ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in Garissa county, dur­ing his first year in of­fice.

The gov­er­nor yesterday said the of­fi­cials were not co­op­er­a­tive be­fore their exit. He ap­peared for the se­cond time be­fore the Se­nate Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee yesterday to re­spond to au­dit queries raised from the coun­ties 2013-14 bud­get.

“The Tran­si­tion Author­ity did not form an au­dit team be­fore they left . The au­dit queries arose dur­ing my first year in of­fice be­cause the staff were not help­ful. They even left with­out hand­ing over,” Nathif said.

Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko had ques­tioned why the county sin­gle-sourced a char­tered air­craft to ferry the gov­er­nor and other lead­ers from Nairobi to six Garissa sub­coun­ties and back to the city. Ouko said de­spite the county pay­ing Sh1,578,100 for the ser­vice, there was no pro­gramme to sup­port and con­firm the gov­er­nor’s visit to the sub­coun­ties.

“Our first year in of­fice was a dif­fi­cult year. Some of the doc­u­ments were not in the right place and could not be found when the au­di­tors came, but we found them later,” the gov­er­nor said.

Nathif failed to fur­nish the com­mit­tee with proof of their visit, only say­ing Sen­a­tor Yusuf Ha­jji was in the team that trav­elled. He urged the com­mit­tee to con­firm with Ha­jji. “He is your col­league, you can eas­ily con­firm if, in­deed, we were fer­ried to the des­ti­na­tions,” the county boss said.

How­ever, West Pokot Sen­a­tor John Lonyan­ga­puo, who chaired the ses­sion, di­rected Nathif to get ev­i­dence from the air­line they used.

“You will have to get this com­mit­tee the man­i­fest with the names. It’s a pub­lic doc­u­ment, go and re­quest for it,” Lonyan­ga­puo said.

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