By: JAMES MBAKA
A Senate committee on Wednesday demanded a forensic audit of Sh278 million to refurbish Nyandarua Governor Daniel Waithaka’s office and toilets.
The Public Accounts Committee criticised the Senate clerk for failing to request an audit of the spending.
The Auditor General raised questions about the expenditure. Waithaka has denied misappropriation of funds.
The committee, chaired by Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, said although members asked the office of the clerk to do the audit a month ago, this has not happened.
During the meeting with Waithaka, Khalwale told the members the Auditor General is ready and willing to conduct the audit, once he receives a formal request from the clerk’s office.
“We know there is a problem in the office of the clerk but we are going to get to the bottom of the matter,” he said.
Committee members Martha Wangari (Nominated), Muriuki Karue (Nyandarua) and George Khaniri (Vihiga) expressed concern the delay is slowing their work.
Wangari said it is unacceptable that the Auditor General has not conducted the audit, yet the committee expected it completed by October 23.
Karue said while the office of the clerk is to blame, the Auditor General’s office should be held responsible as it should have started investigating because some of the officers are members of the committee.
“There is a big problem in the office of the clerk. Mr chairman, we gave the Auditor General three weeks and up to now nothing has happened,” he said.
Waithaka told the committee to give him more time to table documents to prove how the funds were spent.
The governor was asked to appear today and submit the documents.
He will also shed light on other issues raised in the Auditor General’s report.