We’ve tracked down Sh8m – Kil­ifi of­fi­cial

County de­nies it lost Sh1.18 bil­lion through ir­reg­u­lar pay­ments to five Nairobi firms

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - MAU­REEN MUDI @mau­reen­mudi

Part of the Sh51 mil­lion that dis­ap­peared in Kil­ifi county has been re­cov­ered. Fi­nance chief of­fi­cer Ben Chilumo said with the help of in­ves­ti­ga­tors they have traced Sh8 mil­lion.

He de­nied re­ports that the county lost Sh1.18 bil­lion through ir­reg­u­lar pay­ments to five Nairobi com­pa­nies that never of­fered any ser­vices. The county has re­leased a state­ment de­tail­ing how the money was spent.

In the state­ment, Chilumo said the county learnt that the al­le­ga­tions on the loss of Sh1.18 bil­lion were based on a list of pay­ments made by the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We have ver­i­fied these pay­ments are gen­uine trans­ac­tions made by the county gov­ern­ment, for goods and ser­vices ren­dered. Some of the pay­ments are for taxes with­held and paid to the Kenya Rev­enue Au­thor­ity, while some are monies paid to our projects re­ten­tion ac­count held at the Di­a­mond Trust Bank,” he said. THE FIVE COM­PA­NIES Chilumo said Sh340 mil­lion was moved in in­ter-ac­count trans­fers be­tween the county’s bank ac­counts at Cen­tral Bank of Kenya. “I wish to con­firm that only Sh51 mil­lion was ir­reg­u­larly paid to var­i­ous ac­counts be­long­ing to com­pa­nies based in Nairobi,” he said.

A com­mit­tee hear­ing the case was last week in­formed that the money was fraud­u­lently wired to Daima One En­ter­prises, Lead­er­ship Edge As­so­ciates, Kilingi In­vest­ment, Makegra Sup­plies and Zo­hali Sup­plies.

‘I WISH TO CON­FIRM THAT ONLY SH51M WAS IR­REG­U­LARLY PAID TO FIRMS BASED IN NAIROBI’

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