Kisumu’s Sh4.4m bikes and equip­ment un­used

Au­di­tor Gen­eral Edward Ouko’s re­port says six Yamaha mo­tor­cy­cles have not been reg­is­tered. Fears res­i­dents may not get value for their money

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza - FAITH MATETE @fay­matete

Ground equip­ment and mo­tor­cy­cles worth Sh4.4 mil­lion bought by the Kisumu gov­ern­ment in 2014 are ly­ing idle.

Ac­cord­ing to the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s fi­nan­cial state­ment re­port for 2014-15, the equip­ment and six Yamaha mo­tor­cy­cles have been in store since delivery on Septem­ber 29, 2014.

The re­port says the mo­tor­cy­cles have not been reg­is­tered with the reg­is­trar of mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

The county paid the money to Duponet Sys­tems in July 2014, but there was no valid con­tract be­cause the con­trac­tor did not sign the lo­cal ser­vice order.

In ad­di­tion, the an­nual pro­cure­ment plan was not pro­vided for au­dit ver­i­fi­ca­tion to as­cer­tain how the project was ini­ti­ated, Au­di­tor Gen­eral Edward Ouko says.

“There were no open­ing ten­der min­utes, tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion re­ports and con­tract agree­ment for au­dit re­view,” the re­port said. Ouko said Kisumu res­i­dents may not de­rive the ben­e­fits of the equip­ment if it is not put to proper use.

“Con­se­quently, the ex­pen­di­ture of the Sh4.4 mil­lion for the year-ended June 30 could not be con­firmed,” he said.

AN­OTHER SH3M QUERIED

The re­port said in ren­o­vat­ing the deputy gov­er­nor’s house, the pro­pri­ety of Sh3 mil­lion paid to a con­trac­tor could not be as­cer­tained.

It says it was not clear why the con­tract agree­ment was signed on Fe­bru­ary 26, 2015, when the in­voice had been is­sued on Au­gust 28, 2014, six months ear­lier.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the com­pound had par­tially been land­scaped al­though the house had not been oc­cu­pied be­cause the bath­room was yet to be com­pleted and there were two ex­ten­sions to be built, which were not in the bill of quan­ti­ties.

“Phys­i­cal ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the build­ing re­vealed a fence in­di­cated in the BQ at Sh150,000 had not been done, yet a cer­tifi­cate had been is­sued for pay­ments of the same and the con­trac­tor was not on site,” the re­port said.

The Au­di­tor Gen­eral could not ob­tain suf­fi­cient and ap­pro­pri­ate doc­u­ments to pro­vide a ba­sis for an au­dit opin­ion. “I do not express an opin­ion on the fi­nan­cial state­ments,” Ouko said at the end of the re­port.

/ FAITH MATETE

Kisumu Gov­er­nor Jack Ranguma (4th R) and Chief Jus­tice David Maraga (3rd R) dur­ing a church ser­vice at Bet­ter Liv­ing SDA Church in Kisumu town on Satur­day

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