GOVERNOR OTTICHILO RECEIVES PRELIMINARY AUDIT REPORT

An audit report by the Kenya National Audit Office (KENAO) has revealed massive corruption and misappropriation of funds by the former Vihiga County administration.

According to the preliminary report, a total of Sh1.3 billion could not be accounted for by the departments, paralyzing services to the public due to massive corrupt practice that were brought forth during the audit investigations.

The report that was presented to Governor Dr Wilber Ottichilo in his office indicated that public funds were looted through improper tendering processes, poor documentation and inflated contract prices, coupled by lack of monitoring and evaluation of projects.

From the 10 county departments, financial impropriety was synonymous; from single sourcing of tenders, award of tenders to briefcase companies among other financial crimes.

Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources undertook projects that lacked Environmental Accreditation Reports as required by the law, an example being Bumbo water project in Hamisi sub county.

The report also revealed that Sh. 15 million was spent on Training of women, youths and persons living with disability under the department of Public Service and Administration without sufficient documentation to justify the cost; document showing the criteria used to select these trainees; location of the training or the attendance sign-in checklist.

It was also established that most projects undertaken, the contractors never issued bid bonds and performance bonds. All contracts contravened the guidelines of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2015. It was also found that same contracts were paid for three times to different contractors at inflated prices.

Dr. Ottichilo commended the auditors for their good work adding that the report will help him in his efforts to clean up the county.

KENAO are finalizing their audit report upon which they will table it to the Auditor-General office. After certification, the auditor-general will forward the report to the Vihiga county assembly for discussion and recommendations.

The governor awaits to keenly read the final audit report before taking action and implementing the recommendations of the county assembly, adding that anybody found to have embezzled public funds will face the law.