By: BENSON AMADALA
The auditor-general has raised queries on use of Sh111.9 million at the Kakamega County Assembly.
These included false mileage allowances amounting Sh41.2 million, payment of Sh800,000 to Deputy Speaker Abdihakim Mohamed as travel expenses to London, without supporting documents, and Sh1.12 million to a freelance photographer.
The auditors say no air tickets had been provided to show that Mr Mohamed had travelled for training abroad.
The audit on spending in the 2014/15 financial year revealed unsupported payments made to contractors, irregular procurement of services and what it described as “suspect” financial transactions at the Assembly.
A report released on October 21, 2015 raises queries about payment of Sh41.2 million to MCAs as mileage allowances.
According to the auditor, the payments were made without ascertaining the actual distance covered by all the MCAs from their wards to the Assembly headquarters.
Moreover, several MCAs are on the spot for failing to service outstanding car and mortgage loans amounting to Sh49.7 million.
The audit team noted that the repayments were not being done by the check off system.
The auditors are querying payment of Sh8.7 million to a contractor hired by the County Assembly to carry out renovations to the assembly hall and other facilities, which include a restaurant and stores.
The team is further seeking details on and Bill of Quantities for the works by the contractor.
An inspection and acceptance committee report and tender minutes for the works by the contractor have not been made available.
Contacted, Speaker Morris Buluma Saturday said he had not seen a copy of the audit report.
The audit further shows that payment of Sh11.2 million were made to some people who have been employed on permanent basis for the past five months at the County Assembly, yet their names were not featuring in the payroll.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION