By: SILAS APOLLO
Members of the Kisumu County Assembly are in Uganda for four days of training for the upcoming Kecoso games in Eldoret.
The trip comes barely a week after a report by Auditor-General Edward Ouko revealed the House misused Sh31 million on foreign travel in 2014.
Despite the county having enough sporting facilities, including the newly refurbished Moi Stadium, the ward reps opted to train in Uganda, saying this would help improve the performance of the Kisumu team.
While tabling a Motion on the adjournment of business in the House last Thursday, Deputy Leader of Majority James Omollo said the four-day break would help members prepare for the games well.
He, however, did not disclose the location of the training venue.
The motion was seconded by North Nyakach Ward Rep Koko Maina, and approved by acting Speaker Elijah Omondi.
“Mr Speaker, I wish to ask the House to go on recess to allow members to train for the upcoming games in Eldoret,” said Mr Omollo.
However, Mr Maina and Mr Aggrey Ogosi (East Seme) Monday told the Nation that they were in Uganda to train for the games, besides discussing the handling of ward development funds.
The 35th edition of the Kenya Communications Sports Organisation (Kecoso) games will take place from August 16 to 23.
Various teams from the Kenya Premier League and the National Super League are also set to participate in the games.
“We are here to discuss how to manage ward development funds in a better way, as well as train for the upcoming games in Eldoret,” Mr Ogosi told the Nation on the phone.
“Yes, we are in Uganda, but the nature of our trip involves a lot of things,” said Mr Maina.
In his report, Mr Ouko says the assembly lost the Sh31 million on foreign trips, adding that no evidence was provided to prove whether the travel occurred or not.
Mr Ouko says even though the county assembly indicated that it spent Sh50 million on travel and accommodation, most payments were made upfront to ward reps “rather than the officers being given imprests to account for after the journeys”.
“In the absence of proper documentation and explanation, the government may have lost Sh31,321,712 on unjustified expenditure,” says the auditor.
In the report, Mr Ouko says the House spent Sh26 million on trips to Uganda, Sh9 million (Israel), Sh4 million (Singapore) and Sh6 million (China). The county paid Sh1 million for trips to Europe.
During the year under review, Mr Ouko says, the assembly paid staff and ward reps Sh13 million as per diem and night-out allowances without supporting documentation for accountability.
The sporting event brings together staff from corporations under the Transport and Information ministries.
Kecoso currently has 11 member organisations.