In Summary
  • Ragwa has denied ever travelling to Denmark with a woman other than his wife and accused the Auditor-General of causing him marital problems.
  • This follows a 2016/2017 audit which found that he could not account for Sh2.9 million allegedly paid for his trip to Denmark with his wife.
  • Ragwa warned that there will be no justice for ex-governors if the Auditor-General continues relying on information from incumbents' offices.

Former Tharaka-Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa has defended himself against reports that he cannot account for Sh2.9 million paid for a trip to Denmark with his wife.

The revelation is contained in a 2016/2017 audit report, which states that Mr Ragwa's wife used Sh1.7 million during the trip but that there were no documents to show she attended a conference.

The report further states that Mr Ragwa's wife was supposed to stay there for four days but was paid per diem for 10 days.

PROBLEMS

Mr Ragwa denied the allegations on Friday and accused the Auditor-General of causing him problems with his wife.

The politician noted that he took wife to that country in May 2016 for a conference that the wives of all the 47 governors and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta attended.

He further explained that his trip to Denmark in September 2016 was with the then Chuka County Referral Hospital medical superintendent, Dr Elijah Kameti.

He said the journey was organised by the Council of Governors and that they travelled to benchmark on healthcare capacity development.

"It was from this trip that the county benefited [by way of] a fully equipped eye unit established at Chuka hospital through Israeli non-governmental organisation, Eye from Zion," he said.

Mr Ragwa noted that he had never travelled to Denmark with a woman other than his wife.

“The report that has widely been discussed on local radio stations suggests to my wife that I took another woman to Demark, which is very wrong,” he told journalists at Kathwana town.

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