Senate sends Ragwa away over conflicting audit reports
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.