Senate Questions Homa Bay Projects

Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti was yesterday on the spot over a breach of procurement laws and not maintaining a cashbook for revenue collected.

Awiti and county secretary Isaiah Ogwe were questioned on the alleged contravention of the Public Finance and Management Act and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act in awarding contracts and purchase of goods. Reports of July 2013 and June 2014 by Auditor General Edward Ouko faulted the county executive for not appointing a county receiver of revenue.

The receiver is expected to collect revenue and ensure it is properly reconciled and banked. The Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee chaired by Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale faulted Awiti for awarding contracts through restricted tenders. He was also accused of not constituting an inspection and acceptance committee to certify the tendering.

The projects in question include construction of a sentry station and perimeter wall at Sh16 million, a treasury building (Sh19 million) and partition of the education hall (Sh1.3 million).

Awiti and Ogwe said they opted for restricted tender as the financial year was coming to an end. Awiti said the county is in the process of digitalising revenue collection. The two were given two weeks to supply the relevant documents.