VI­HIGA OWES SH897M NOT SH2.5BN, SAYS GOV­ER­NOR

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western -

A meet­ing be­tween the gov­er­nor and con­trac­tors turned chaotic on Thurs­day last week after Akaranga failed to state ex­actly how they will be paid. Akaranga asked the con­trac­tors to ap­point three rep­re­sen­ta­tives to meet him on Fri­day but the meet­ing aborted. The con­trac­tors have ac­cused chief of­fi­cers in Akaranga’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of loot­ing the county’s cof­fers and build­ing pala­tial homes with the money. But Athi­aya said the gov­er­nor ex­plained to the Se­nate Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ments Com­mit­tee that no money was lost. In Jan­uary, Akaranga said the county’s pend­ing bills amount to Sh897 mil­lion, and not Sh2.5 bil­lion. Later that month, MCAs re­jected a re­port rec­om­mend­ing the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­gate.

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