Rutto queried over Sticky Note invoices
Governor says funds were utilised properly. He appeared before Senate
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?’