Waiguru to be grilled over unexplained expenses running into millions

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Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru is expected to appear before the Senate public accounts Investment (SPIC) committee to respond to audit queries on the county spending for the year 2017-2018.

Among queries Waiguru is expected to answer include:

  • Inaccuracies in receipts of amount Sh189 million received in the county from domestic and foreign grants.
  • Unaccounted Sh17 million out of Sh172.9 million received from government and other agencies.
  • Sh40 million unaccounted in Sh344.4 million generated from county’s own receipts

Last month Auditor General Edward Ouko’s report profiling how governors spent their county alocations for the 2017-2018 financial year revealed that Kirinyaga county spent close to Sh754 million in acquisition of assets for the county.

The auditor further broke down the figure to reveal that only 7.2 million was properly accounted for leaving 6.8 million unaccounted for.

This was, however, not the first time the governor was put on the spot following unexplained decisions regarding county finances.

In January this year, Kirinyaga County MCA’s wanted an explanation as to why their county boss slashed millions from the initial amount of funds set aside for bursaries.

According to the legislators, the county had allocated Sh70 million to facilitate bursary for students from the county.

However, Waiguru only allocated Sh20 million to the bursary kitty which has seen the MCAs demand an explanation on the whereabouts of the remaining Sh50 million.

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