Se­na­tors want au­dit on former county council land

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

Se­na­tors yes­ter­day re­solved that Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko should carry out a spe­cial au­dit of all land and houses the county gov­ern­ments in­her­ited from county coun­cils.

Speak­ing be­fore the Se­nate’s Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ment, se­na­tors Boni Khal­wale (Kakamega) and Kennedy Mong’are (Nyamira) said former coun­cil­lors and may­ors grabbed pub­lic land.

They spoke to the com­mit­tee when Kisii Gover­nor James Ong­wae was ques­tioned over the 2013-14 au­dit queries.

“The land that was pre­vi­ously owned by the de­funct lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and coun­cils should be au­dited, in par­tic­u­lar the coun­ties of Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu. In Trans Nzoia the land that be­longed to the Pris­ons Depart­ment is gone,” Khal­wale told the com­mit­tee, chaired by Kisumu Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o at Par­lia­ment Build­ings.

The se­na­tors asked Ong­wae why Sh1.8 mil­lion col­lected at the Kisii Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal was spent at source against the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act 2012.

Ong­wae said his ad­min­is­tra­tion re­sorted to spend­ing the cash at source as there were emer­gency needs to be ad­dressed at the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity.

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