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September 22, 2018

Narok county on the spot for Sh11.5 million joyriding trips abroad-Auditor General report

The Narok county assembly. /FILE
The Narok county assembly. /FILE

A fresh report by the Auditor General shows that Narok county used  a whopping Sh11.65 million on foreign trips with nothing to show for it.

The shocking revelations were incurred by the county in the 2014/2015 financial year.

In the report, the auditor has heaped blame on the county headed by governor Samwel Tunai for spending unnecessarily. 

The county, home to the spectacular Maasai Mara Game Reserve, paid the money as air tickets and travel allowances to staff on travel aboard.

Edward Ouko, says in the damning report that although the officials accounted for the money in form of passports and boarding passes, the taxpayers did not get value for money in the joyriding trips.

“The benefits of the trips were not demonstrated by reports outlining the benefit to the county. In the circumstances, the expenditure of Sh11,653,680 on the foreign trips could not be confirmed to be a propers charge to the public funds,” the report observes.

Ouko further blames the county for engaging contractors without committing funds leading to pending bills amounting to Sh1.1 billion (road contractors) and another Sh58.9 million (supply of goods and services).

The county is also accused of failing to make payments amounting to Sh354 million owed to various contractors by the end of the 2015 financial year, forcing contractors to abandon works.

“This may lead to litigations where the county may be forced to defend suits for breach of contracts,” says the report.

The county is also blamed for failing to complete the acquisition of assets valued at Sh1.2 billion previously owned by the defunct local authorities.

The county did not produce to the auditor details of the assets and liabilities inherited from the authorities for verification as required.

“It was therefore not possible to confirm the completeness, accuracy and existence of the assets acquired during the period under review,” Ouko says.

The auditor has also questioned Sh7.7 million transfered to the department of Education and Sports without a cash book or bank accounts statements to support the expenditure.

Another Sh8.4 million was also transferred to the department of Health through operations account number 1167422937 held at the KCB without records in the cash book.

The county could not account for Sh 9.1 million, collected from Narok county referral hospital.

Of the Sh23.46 million collected, Sh4 million was banked while Sh10.1 million was spent at source, leaving the balance unaccounted for.

The county collected just Sh1.5 billion from the Maasai Game Reserve against a target of sh2.1 billion, leading to a shortfall of about Sh639 million which affected implementation of various projects.

 

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