TA ac­cused of ‘sham­bolic’ work in com­pil­ing as­sets, li­a­bil­i­ties

A new com­mit­tee is pro­posed to do proper in­ven­tory and sub­mit its re­port by March 31, 2017. Cost of ver­i­fy­ing as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties to be met by coun­ties

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - GIDEON KETER @ArapGKeter

Two in­sti­tu­tions yes­ter­day ac­cused the Tran­si­tion Au­thor­ity of “sham­bolic” work when it com­piled the reg­is­ter for as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties in­her­ited by the county gov­ern­ments from the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The TA used used the wrong ap­proach, the Se­nate Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee was told by Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors chair­man Peter Munya and his In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Re­la­tions Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee coun­ter­part Karega Mu­tahi.

“It was un­ten­able how TA was au- dit­ing and com­pil­ing as­sets reg­is­ters for the coun­ties. The list it com­piled is in­cor­rect,” Mu­tahi told the com­mit­tee chaired by Kisumu Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o at Par­lia­ment Build­ings.

Munya said, “I share the sen­ti­ments and is­sues pre­sented by the IGRTC. There was mis­man­age­ment of tran­si­tion by TA on iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of as­sets and their reg­is­tra­tion.”

“They came up with huge bud­gets to carry out the work. They were not in a hurry hence they were ask­ing for ex­ten­sion of their term.”

Mu­tahi said whereas the TA chose a cen­tralised au­dit­ing sys­tem of the as­sets, his com­mit­tee has opted for a de­cen­tralised method, where trans­fers are done on “as is where is” through a le­gal no­tice.

“Be­fore ex­piry of its term, the au­thor­ity pre­pared an in­ven­tory of as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, but did not carry out the au­dit,” he said.

Mu­tahi said upon tak­ing over the resid­ual func­tions, IGRTC an­a­lysed the sit­u­a­tion and noted that own­er­ship of as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties re­mained un­re­solved, long af­ter the county gov­ern­ments started op­er­at­ing. This meant these as­sets have no pro­tec­tion from abuse, he said.

Mu­tahi told the com­mit­tee there is need for sub­se­quent ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the in­ven­to­ries of as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties, as listed by the TA, and any other that may have been iden­ti­fied.

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