Rutto queried over Sticky Note in­voices

Gov­er­nor says funds were utilised prop­erly. He ap­peared be­fore Se­nate

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

Bomet Gov­er­nor Isaac Rutto was yes­ter­day taken to task to ex­plain why the county paid more than Sh9.4 mil­lion to var­i­ous com­pa­nies con­tracted to main­tain mo­tor ve­hi­cles with­out an in­spec­tion re­port.

Se­nate Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee mem­bers Kennedy Mong’are (Nyamira), Boni Khal­wale (Kakamega), Ki­mani Wa­matangi (Ki­ambu) and Martha Wan­gari (nom­i­nated) said some vouch­ers for more than Sh3 mil­lion did not in­di­cate the spe­cific ve­hi­cles re­paired.

Wa­matangi asked why the gov­er­nor al­lowed senior of­fi­cials to au­tho­rise fuel ex­pen­di­ture worth Sh18.8 mil­lion un­pro­ce­du­rally.

“How can an of­fi­cer al­low Sticky Notes to be used to in­cur ex­penses? Any­body can pick up such notes and walk to a fuel sta­tion to get fuel,” he said.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Anyang’ Ny­ong’o said the in­spec­tion re­ports were cru­cial in deter­min­ing the kind of re­pairs car­ried out and to jus­tify pay­ments. Rutto said the sys­tems in place at the time al­lowed senior of­fi­cers to au­tho­rise fuel pro­cure­ment.

He said there are records that con­firm funds were spent prop­erly.

“I am aware senior of­fi­cers were to au­tho­rise fuel in­voices and that had to be recorded in the work ticket and the kilo­me­tres cov­ered,” Rutto said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s re­port for 2013-14, the fuel reg­is­ters pro­vided were poorly main­tained.

In some cases, the reg­is­ters did not in­di­cate the amount of fuel drawn or the bal­ance after each fu­elling, the re­port stated.

‘HOW CAN AN OF­FI­CER USE STICKY NOTES TO IN­CUR EX­PENSES?’

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