Coun­ties’ funds stolen through IFMIS, 2 ODM gover­nors say

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho and his Kilifi coun­ter­part Ama­son Kingi urged Uhuru and Ruto to pub­lish the names of cor­rupt of­fi­cials and the amount of money stolen

The Star (Kenya) - - News - ALPHONCE GARI @alphonce2011

Two ODM gover­nors and five MPs have said money meant for the county gov­ern­ments is be­ing stolen from the Trea­sury us­ing a dig­i­tal fi­nan­cial man­age­ment sys­tem.

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho and his Kilifi coun­ter­part Ama­son Kingi told a rally in Mt­wapa town that a ma­jor scam is un­der­way to loot pub­lic funds.

Kingi has been un­der at­tack over the last two weeks for mak­ing pay­ments on be­half of Kilifi county worth Sh1.8 bil­lion for work not done.

The two gover­nors urged Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and DP Wil- liam Ruto to pub­lish names of cor­rupt gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and the amount of money stolen through IFMIS.

Joho hit out at the DP for try­ing to di­ver­tat­ten­tion from cor­rup­tion scan­dals that have touched on some of his aides. He told him to re­spect op­po­si­tion chief Raila Odinga and other Cord lead­ers.

“I want Uhuru and Ruto to pub­lish the funds looted in the coun­try and those in­volved. Kenyans should wake up. The era of in­tim­i­da­tion and threats is long gone,” he said.

Those present at the rally in­cluded Kilifi Se­na­tor Ste­wart Madzayo, Kilifi wo­man rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aisha Jumwa, her Mom­basa coun­ter­part Mishi Mboko, Kisauni MP Rashid Bedzim- ba, Mvita MP Ab­dul­swa­mad Nas­sir and Nom­i­nated MCA Kingi Ngombo.

All the Coast lead­ers or­gan­ised the rally to stand in sol­i­dar­ity with the Kilifi gov­er­nor. Kingi said Ki­tui county lost more than Sh90 mil­lion when its money dis­ap­peared from the Trea­sury through IFMIS.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that no of­fi­cer of the county was in­volved,” he said, adding that 18 peo­ple have been charged in Ki­tui. Kingi said another case was also re­ported in Siaya.

Joho said Ruto should not point fin­gers at cor­rup­tion cases in the coun­ties but start clean­ing up his own mess. Other lead­ers de­fended Kingi and ac­cused the Ju­bilee Party of try­ing to in­tim­i­date ODM lead­ers at the Coast.

/ ALPHONCE GARI

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Ali Has­san Joho with his Kilifi coun­ter­part Ama­son Kingi ar­rive for a rally in Mt­wapa Kilifi county on Sun­day Novem­ber 20

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