Kilifi Assembly suspends business to probe graft
MCAs will focus on loss of Sh51 million from the county’s main account
The Kilifi assembly has suspended business to concentrate on alleged corruption and irregular spending within the county government.
Assembly speaker Jimmy Kahindi on Friday said the recent allegations involving county officials calls for special attention.
Taking centre stage will be the reported loss of Sh51 million from the county government account and the Education department’s unspent Sh1.2 billion meant for 206 modern ECDE centres.
Kahindi said the assembly will from yesterday concentrate on unravelling the mystery rocking the county.
The money was allegedly siphoned from the Kilifi county main account at the Central Bank of Kenya through the Integrated Financial Management System and internet banking.
“We have agreed as a House that from Monday [yesterday] only committees will be sitting to interrogate and investigate the theft of more than Sh51 million from the county government. We will also sit and make a report on the Education department, which has been accused of delaying projects.” The speaker said no stone will be left unturned.
The suspension of House business comes amid uproar from the public, blaming the assembly for doing noth- ing as the county loses millions of shillings in dubious dealings.
Today, the assembly committee of the whole house chaired by the speaker will question 10 officials suspended after their passwords were used in irregularities involving Sh51 million.
“We have 23 committees, which have been carrying out various investigations in different departments. We want to give them time to make their reports and table them. From Thursday to Saturday the Committee on Education will make its report on the investigations over the unspent Sh1.2 billion in the Education department,” Kahindi said.
The report will be tabled on Monday or Tuesday next week, he aid.
During last week’s sitting, the assembly expressed fears that more cash could have been lost.
“It is shocking that a company gets a tender to build a classroom but the money is paid to a totally different company. This is laxity from the Finance department, we must have it streamlined or we will continue losing money,” Jilore MCA Daniel Chai said.
The assembly is also expected to summon managers of banks where the money was wired and withdrawn without their raising an alarm.
“This could be a big chain, because there must be someone who physically walked into the bank to withdraw the money. The law says you cannot walk into a bank and withdraw more than Sh1 million without the bank raising the red flag,” Kahindi said.
The new look of Kilifi county assembly. The assembly has suspended its business to probe corruption allegations