Machakos Residents Petition Senate to Investigate the County Government

TWENTY-THREE residents of Machakos have petitioned Senate to investigate allegations of corruption and breach of constitution in the county.

The residents appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance yesterday at County Hall, Nairobi.

Through lawyers Harun Ndubi and Anthony Oluoch, the residents said those behind the mess should be surcharged and prosecuted.

The two lawyers said procurement guidelines have been sidestepped because MCAs have been compromised by the executive.

“There has been a total dysfunction in the county assembly’s oversight role. There are irregularities in purchase of goods and services,” Oluoch said.

The petitioners blamed Governor Alfred Mutua and the Machakos assembly of failing to ensure that the constitution is upheld in the running of the county.

“The governor has been running the county single handedly and resorted to single sourcing as opposed to competitive procurement,” resident Moses Musyoka said.

He formally presented the petition on behalf of the other residents.

Musyoka cited the purchase of 70 ambulances and 10 motorcycle ambulances, 40 tractors, 120 police vehicles and construction of the Machakos People’s Park as cases in which the constitution and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act might have been violated.

He urged the committee to investigate the claims to protect devolution and protect taxpayers’ money by recovering funds spent irregularly.

Musyoka said the county government did not involve the public in many projects.

Ndubi said the Senate should also request the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to fast track the investigations.

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, who was the interim committee chairman, said the team will investigate the allegations.