In Summary
  • The senators asked Mr Joho to give reasons the employee compensation shot up by more than Sh1 billion in the 2017/18 financial year.
  • The lawmakers also raised questions about increasing pending bills, which – according to the Auditor General – stand at Sh4 billion.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was put to task by the Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee over billions of shillings belonging to the county government.

The county boss was also at pains to explain the hiring of unqualified individuals by his administration.

There was confusion during the session when Mombasa County Treasury head Ayub Buhiri left to bring his academic and professional documents but failed to return.

The team, chaired by Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang and which held its meeting in Mombasa Friday afternoon, requested Mr Buhiri to give his Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) number as required by law so as to practice but could not remember it.

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Kiambu Senator Paul Wamatangi had raised concern over the financial reports signed by Mr Buhiri without his ICPAK number, terming it unprofessional.

“We would like Governor Ali Hassan Joho to explain why all his financial reports were signed by head of treasury without his professional number,” Mr Wamatangi said.

When the governor failed to give a satisfactory answer, Mr Kajwang asked Mr Buhiri – who was present – to provide the professional number but he failed to do so.

Mr Buhiri instead requested to be given time to dash to his office in order to refer to his documents.

By the time the session was being adjourned three hours later, he had not returned.

The senators asked Mr Joho to give reasons the employee compensation shot up by more than Sh1 billion in the 2017/18 financial year.

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