In Summary
  • The counties spent Sh12.15 billion on domestic and foreign travel in the financial year ended June 30, 2017, compared with Sh11.03 billion in the 2015/2016 fiscal year.
  • Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony was put on the spot over questionable payment of 13.5 million to the Council of Governors.

Auditor-General Edward Ouko has questioned the expenses incurred by counties in travel and advertising costs in the 2016-2017 financial year, when they gobbled up Sh12.15 billion.

In his latest report, Mr Ouko says that counties' failure to produce documents to support some of their expenditure could indicate misuse of funds in a year of heightened political activity.

The counties spent Sh12.15 billion on domestic and foreign travel in the financial year ended June 30, 2017, compared with Sh11.03 billion in the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

Bomet County, then under Governor Isaac Ruto, paid Sh8.7 million to Northwood Agencies Ltd and Chaka Ventures for hiring helicopters.

ACCOUNTABILITY

However, during audit, the executives did not produce procurement records or local service orders to confirm how the suppliers were identified, selected and awarded.

“The journeys and eventual payments could not be presented for audit review,” the auditor said.

The county spent a whopping Sh74 million on public participation, but could account for only Sh15 million.

Mr Ouko questioned how the remaining Sh58 million was spent, since there were no supporting documents.

“The public participation was not supported by participatory structures as defined in the regulations. The venues and invitations of persons did not adhere to any defined criteria,” he said.

Garissa County spent Sh165 million on domestic travel and allowances, but the audit exposed irregularities in the payments.

MEETING

They include lack of supporting documents such as work tickets, invitation letters, or attendance registers during payment, casting doubt on the genuineness of the expenditure.

“No imprests were issued to the officers prior to their travel and, therefore, the source of the funds spent by the officers was not known,” the report read.

The auditor poked holes in the Sh8 million incurred by the county during a consultative meeting for sub-county and ward administrators in February, March and April.

According to payment documents, two meetings were held concurrently in March.

“The officers were paid allowances while attending the two alleged meetings. It was not clear how the same administrators were invited to two meetings, which were held during the same period,” the report says.

The same county spent Sh34 million on fuel, while Nandi County spent Sh53 million on the same.

FUNDING

Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony was put on the spot over questionable payment of 13.5 million to the Council of Governors, when his office had budgeted for Sh4.2 million for intergovernmental relations.

“Documents acknowledging receipt of funds paid were not presented for audit. In addition, the basis upon which the amount was computed and paid was not possible,” the auditor noted.

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