Nairobi spent Sh1 bil­lion in le­gal fees, over­shot bud­get by Sh5bn

The county also al­lo­cated a pal­try Sh1 bil­lion for de­vel­op­ment ex­pen­di­ture, way be­low the re­quired thresh­old of not less than 30 per cent of the bud­get

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - JAMES MBAKA @onchir­im­baka

The Nairobi gov­ern­ment gob­bled up Sh1.1 bil­lion in le­gal fees, the 2014-15 Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s re­port says.

How­ever, a to­tal of Sh134 mil­lion paid to four firms and the county’s le­gal de­part­ment had no sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, rais­ing con­cerns the money could have been mis­ap­pro­pri­ated.

Among the law firms, whose pay­ments are be­ing ques­tioned, in­clude Mosyoki Mo­gaka & Com­pany Ad­vo­cates, which re­ceived Sh5.4 mil­lion.

Others are Mo­manyi and As­so­ci­ates which re­ceived Sh60 mil­lion, C W Ngala (Sh27 mil­lion), Kaceyo and Com­pany (Sh5 mil­lion), while the county gov­ern­ment’s le­gal de­part­ment spent Sh36.6 mil­lion.

County staff also have an ac­cu­mu­lated Sh39.7 mil­lion in un­sur­ren­dered im­prests for the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year.

The county also over­shot its bud­get by Sh5.6 bil­lion for the same fi­nan­cial year on the re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture.

It also al­lo­cated a pal­try Sh1 bil­lion for de­vel­op­ment ex­pen­di­ture, way be­low the re­quired thresh­old of not less than 30 per cent of the bud­get.

The county lost a whop­ping Sh15.7 mil­lion af­ter cus­tomers who use the Jam­boPay sys­tem for park­ing fees re­versed the trans­ac­tions.

“It was not pos­si­ble to con­firm the na­ture of the trans­ac­tions given that there was no ex­pla­na­tion given at all,” says the re­port in part.

The county also var­ied the con­tract for the drilling of a bore­hole at Pumwani Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal by Sh900,000 upon the re­quest of the con­trac­tor with­out jus­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Tax­pay­ers’ could have lost Sh 16 mil­lion paid to a con­trac­tor in De­cem­ber 2014 for the sup­ply of uni­forms. The re­port says two years later, the uni­forms are yet to be de­liv­ered.

It also says 52 of­fi­cers over-com­mit­ted their salaries, earn­ing less than a third against the law. “There is a pos­si­bil­ity of fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties car­ried out by such em­ploy­ees to meet their ba­sic needs,” the re­port adds.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

A panoramic view of Nairobi city.The Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s re­port says the county gov­ern­ment spent Sh1.1 bil­lion in le­gal fees in 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year

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