Fine Kakamega Reps Sh65 Million for Irregular Pay, Says Auditor

AUDITOR General Edward Ouko wants Kakamega MCAs fined Sh65.1 million for manipulating assembly records to increase their allowances. In a report tabled in the Senate last week, he said the MCAs irregularly spent Sh126 million on sitting allowances in the 2013-14 financial year.

“Attendance registers show the MCAs plan to benefit from public resources by all means,” Ouko said. He said the registers of assembly and departmental committee sittings had duplications, alterations and “outright lack of internal controls”. The records show the assembly at times had more members than those elected and nominated combined, the auditor said.

This led to exaggeration of the total allowances paid, Ouko said. The auditor said some committees held sessions outside the regular days, like during public holiday and weekends. “These cases had 33 cumulative sittings, with Sh1.9 million allowances paid,” Ouko said. The auditor said the assembly’s leaders and MCAs should be surcharged.