Murang’a reps’ passports held in Sh62m probe

By: ALICE WAITHERA

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has asked Murang’a MCAs to surrender their passports as it investigates allowances they were paid during foreign trips.

The anti-graft agency is probing six trips between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, after the Auditor General’s report revealed irregularities.

According to the report, the MCAs spent Sh62.2 million, exceeding the set budget by Sh6.2 million while Sh386,644 was paid irregularly.

The report also questions the payment of excessive and irregular claims on foreign trips by the MCAs.

Last Thursday, the 49 MCAs forwarded their passports to the assembly clerk Chris Kinyanjui’s office so they are taken to the EACC headquarters in Nairobi.

An SMS sent by Kinyanjui to the MCAs warns against failure to present the documents to the EACC.

“The EACC will collect the passports for all MCAs by October 8. Kindly come with the documents, otherwise it may result in adverse act against the assembly,” reads the text.

Leader of majority Peter Kihungi said all MCAs have forwarded their travel documents and are ready for the investigations.

Speaking to the Star on Sunday, he said the probe will shed light on the assembly’s spending and expose those paid illegal allowances.

“We welcome the investigations and are ready to prove our transparency and accountability as a county assembly,” Kihungi told the Star.

Speaker Nduati Kariuki said the investigations are a regular exercise conducted by the EACC in all counties.

“It will help to show if some MCAs were paid travel allowances for more days than they were out of the country as it has been claimed,” he said.

The MCAs are expected to table a motion to impeach Governor Mwangi Wairia over allegations of failing to consult leaders on development.