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November 20, 2018

Waiguru's office Sh1.7 million TV, Sh450,000 condom dispensers raise eyebrows

Planning Principal Secretary, Eng. Peter Mangiti .Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
Planning Principal Secretary, Eng. Peter Mangiti .Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE

The Devolution ministry spent Sh450,000 for 18 custom-made condom dispensers, the Parliamentary Accounts Committee has found.

The ministry's asset register also revealed Sh1.7 million was spent for a screen in CS Anne Waiguru's office and Sh12 million for an office partition, in the 2013/2014 financial year.

The register, presented by PS Peter Mangiti, listed purchase of a copier at Sh1.5 million, while Sh1.9million was spent for free downloadable Adobe software and Sh250,000 for ten flashdisks.

Other purchases that raised eyebrow include;

  • 20 Ball point pens, fine tipped, blue each costing Sh8,700 at a total cost of Sh174,000.
  • Two IPAD tablets each costing Sh180,000 amounting to Sh360,000.
  • One DVD player costing at Sh45,000.
  • 100 4GB Flash disks each costing Sh2,420 
  • One Piano costing Sh235,900.
  • Payment of supply of Kaspersky security kit cost Sh973,780.
  • One Laptop at Sh206,000.
  • Two visitors chairs each costing Sh56,950
  • Business cards Sh1.5 million.
  • 100 Keyboards and adaptors each costing 40,000

The register was presented after Chairman Nicholas Gumbo questioned Sh8 billion expenses outlined in a new list presented from the ministry.

The Devolution ministry is said to have lost Sh45 billion which it collected from the Eurobond floated by the government.

The money is said to have been used in projects that can not be accounted for within the ministry.

The department of planning was allocated the second largest share of the money after infrastructure.

This comes after opposition leaders criticised the allocation of the Eurobond, demanding President Uhuru Kenyatta provide a specific breakdown for the Sh250billion.

Cord leader Raila Odinga claimed the government could not account for Sh75 billion from the Eurobond, amid indications the row could spill over into the Judiciary.

But speaking in Parliament, Treasury CS Henry Rotich defended the government, saying the Eurobond’s proceeds had been prioritised for development expenditures only.

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