Garissa County Governor Ali Korane was Tuesday at pains to explain how millions of shillings were irregularly spent on the construction of dams, some of which, the governor admitted before Senate, are behind schedule, while others have water unfit for human consumption.
The county spent Sh53.1 million through restricted tendering for the extension of the Kotile water supply to Alijarire and Hubi, the Hagalbul water supply, and sinking of the Dogob borehole.
The projects were awarded mid-May 2018, and by June 30, 2018, they had already been fully paid for, despite the award violating the Public Procurement and Disposal (PPAD) Act.
There was also no justification for the choice of the restricted tendering that the county chose. When questioned about it, Mr Korane attributed it to the then prevailing drought.
However, the Senate County Public Accounts and Investment Committee (CPAIC), before which the governor appeared over audit queries for the financial year ending June 30, 2018, was not satisfied with his answer.
In addition, county government did not avail all the procurement documents for audit, prompting CPAIC chairman Moses Kajwang’ (Homa Bay) to question the authenticity of the procurements.
“The auditors were in your county. They wrote you a management letter but you failed to provide the required documents,” Mr Kajwang’ said after it emerged that there was no recommendation whatsoever for the restricted tendering as required by law.