How counties diverted millions to fund trips

Sixteen counties are on the spot for diverting cash meant for other activities towards financing trips in the year to June.

The latest report by the Controller of Budget shows that Vihiga exceeded its budget allocation for travels by 301 per cent after spending Sh84.53 million against a budget of Sh28 million, followed by Murang’a (240 per cent) at Sh146.9 million and Nakuru (159 per cent) at Sh268.8 million.

Others are Bomet (136 per cent) at Sh136.6 million, Homa Bay (128.8 per cent) at Sh177 million, Embu (125.7 per cent) at Sh144.9 million and Nyandarua (123.6 per cent) at Sh162.1 million.

This implies that funds meant for other activities were irregularly diverted to pay expenditure on domestic and foreign travel.

“The office recommends that an audit of this expenses item should be conducted to ascertain the validity of the expenditure,” said Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo in the report.

The 47 counties spent Sh9.1 billion on domestic and foreign travel in the year to June while the national government, Parliament, the Judiciary and independent offices used Sh10.8 billion on trips.

The lowest spenders relative to their budgetary allocations included Mombasa at 12.9 per cent, Bungoma at 59 per cent and Migori at 18 per cent. Kiambu spent the most on trips at S70 million, followed by Kajiado (S54.7 million) and Nairobi (S40.5 million).