By Kiptanui Rutto
Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee want former Kajiado Governor Dr. David Nkedianye investigated over misappropriation of funds during his tenure.
This came to light during the grilling of the current administration led by Governor Joseph Ole Lenku when the committee raised concern over Ngong Stadium which was started during Dr. Nkedianye’s term as Governor.
The committee said the former County boss and his officials should be investigated over claims that they made illegal payments worth millions of shillings to incomplete projects. They said the previous administration should appear before the Committee and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to answer the queries raised from the suspected dealings costing tax payers millions in the 2016/2017 audit report.
The Committee chairperson, Prof. Sam Ongeri revealed that the KSh198 million Ngong Sports Complex launched in 2014/2015 Fiscal Year and was supposed to be completed in four years is still at the early stages. The KSh37.3 million already used raised the eye brows.
There is also a possibility that KSh670 million lost in compensations and penalties over a dispute with a Kajiado South hotel named Kilimanjaro Safari Club. This is after the court battle which the hotel won and was awarded KSh300 million in 2009 but the amount short up to KSh670 million due to interests accruing due to the failure by the County Council to deposit KSh145 million when their appeal was accepted.
“The defunct Olkejuado County Council and the first County administration were grossly negligent in handling the dispute,” Prof. Ongeri noted. However, he was non-committal to Governor Lenku’s request to solve the dispute through alternative avenues. Migori Senator Dr. Ochilo Ayacko lauded Prof. Ongeri’s sentiments said this is a monster that needs to be addressed urgently.
Among those who received the allegedly misused monies, according to the Auditor General, is a consultant in a library project who was paid KSh11.9 million before the start of the project. Further, the said consultant is accused of frustrating the completion of the project despite having been paid KSh52 million. According to the Auditor General, the contract signed in 2014/2015 Fiscal Year, has ‘no value for money’.
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, who is a member to the Committee, said there are unanswered questions on how the funds were paid. Other senators in the Committee include Narok’s Ledama Ole Kina, John, Mwaluma of Taita Taveta and Fatuma Dulo of Isiolo.