Se­nate sends Ragwa away over con­flict­ing au­dit re­ports

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

The Se­nate Public Ac­counts and In­vest­ment Com­mit­tee was yes­ter­day forced to ad­journ its sit­tings af­ter Tharaka Nithi Gover­nor Sa­muel Ragwa (pic­tured) pre­sented amended re­sponses to the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s queries.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral told the com­mit­tee chaired by Kisumu Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o the doc­u­ments pre­sented by Ragwa had not been scru­ti­nised by the au­di­tors.

Ef­forts by Ny­ong’o to have the meet­ing pro­ceed were re­jected af­ter se­na­tors Kennedy Mong’are (Nyamira), Karue Muriuki (Nyan­darua) and Martha Wan­gari (nom­i­nated) said the au­di­tors have to be sat­is­fied with re­sponses to clear queries.

“This doc­u­ment is edited heav­ily as com­pared to the one in the file. The tech­ni­cal team [au­di­tors] must re­ceive the doc­u­ments well in ad­vance. We are not go­ing to en­gage in a fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion by com­par­ing doc­u­ments,” Mong’are told the com­mit­tee.

Ragwa was un­able to ta­ble ev­i­dence to con­firm that the sub­sti­tute doc­u­ments had been re­ceived by the au­di­tors as he claimed. Ny­ong’o said both se­na­tors and the au­di­tors need more time to scru­ti­nise the amended re­sponses to make a de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Wan­gari was the first to raise con­cerns that the ex­pla­na­tions from the gover­nor on how more than Sh1.3 mil­lion spent on food sup­ple­ments was dif­fer­ent from a doc­u­ment sub­mit­ted to the au­di­tors. Ragwa was sent away for the sec­ond time. He will reap­pear be­fore the panel on Thurs­day.

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