MP ‘de­lay­ing’ em­bassy cash probe re­port

Ndung’u Gethenji has been sit­ting on the re­port for more than two months

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | Parliament - SA­MUEL KISIKA @KisikaSam

A par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee is an­gry with its chair­man for sit­ting on re­ports that cost tax­pay­ers mil­lions of shillings to probe money lost in Kenyan em­bassies abroad.

Na­tional As­sem­bly De­fence and For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee chair­man Ndung’u Gethenji (Tetu) is ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to hide the rot in Kenyan em­bassies and mis­sions by de­lay­ing the re­ports.

Ki­tutu Chache MP Richard Ony­onka last week on Wed­nes­day asked Deputy Speaker Joyce La­boso to com­pel Gethenji to ta­ble the re­ports he has with­held for more than two months.

“The com­mit­tee seems to have a prob­lem where re­ports that have been com­pleted are not tabled be­cause the find­ings are not very good,” Ony­onka said.

“It in­cludes mis­use of pub­lic funds and cases where peo­ple who were sup­posed to be re­tired are still work­ing.”

The Amina Mo­hamed-led For­eign Af­fairs min­istry is on the spot over Sh767.1 mil­lion which is un­ac­counted for. The money was col­lected from visas, con­sular fees and rental in­come at em­bassies and mis­sions.

“Close to four months ago, we made sev­eral vis­its to dif­fer­ent coun­tries where we in­ter­ro­gated what had been hap­pen­ing in our em­bassies,” Ony­onka said.

Au­di­tor Gen­eral Edward Ouko said four em­bassies, in­clud­ing London, Wash­ing­ton DC, Rome and Ad­dis Ababa, lost Sh137.7 mil­lion.

/ HEZRON NJOROGE

MPs Bishar Ibrahim, Moses Kuria, Ndung’u Gethenji and As­man Ka­mama at Par­lia­ment Build­ings on Novem­ber 25, 2014

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