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Auditor General reveals how counties misused Ksh.13.8B Covid funds

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Auditor General Nancy Gathungu | Photo: Courtesy

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– 33 county governments mismanaged and misused a total of Ksh. 13.8 billion
– This is according to a report by the auditor general
– The counties did not conduct a market survey for the goods being purchased
– Bomet, Kisii, and Meru counties have been indicted for irregularly splitting procurement contracts
– The National Treasury advanced Ksh.7.1 billion to the counties as conditional grants

A report by the Auditor-General has now revealed how 33 county governments mismanaged and misused a total of Ksh. 13.8 billion that was meant to aid the fight against Covid-19.

The report indicated that the counties disregarded procurement laws in buying COVID-19 items. The counties are Bomet, Bungoma, Elgeyo Marakwet, Embu, Garissa, Homa Bay, Isiolo, Kakamega, Kericho and Kirinyaga, Kwale, Machakos, Mandera, Migori and Mombasa.

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The counties are said to have awarded contracts to any available supplier and without having done any market survey for the goods being purchased.

The county governments of Kakamega, Busia, Isiolo, Marsabit and Meru purchased the items blindly without having conducted due market survey for COVID-19 items.

Bomet, Kisii, and Meru counties have been indicted for irregularly splitting procurement contracts to give a chance to companies and suppliers aligned with the political administration.

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Those fingered in these irregularities include Kajiado, Kirinyaga, Laikipia and Tharaka Nithi counties.

In the financial year under review, the National Treasury advanced Ksh.7.1 billion to the counties as conditional grants from the Danish Agency Danida and allowances for frontline workers.

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They also had at their disposal a total of Ksh.5.2 billion in from local revenue sources within the counties as well as a Ksh.849 million shilling kitty under the Kenya Devolution Support Programme from the world bank.

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The National Assembly’s Health Committee has now summoned the respective county health executives to answer queries raised by the auditor general starting April 19.

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Al Shabaab Suicide Bomber Kills Six At Somali Cafe In Baidoa

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Six civilians died and seven more were injured on Saturday when an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber blew himself up outside a cafe in Somalia, police and witnesses said.

The attack happened in the central town of Baidoa, 250 kilometres (190 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu and police said the target was the regional governor, who was inside the cafe taking tea.

“A terrorist suicide bomber blew up himself at Suweys cafeteria and killed six people, he was targeting the governor Ali Wardheere but he survived the attack,” local police officer Mohamud Adan told AFP by phone.

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Uhuru contributes Ksh. 1 Million towards rugby icon Ayimba’s medical expenses

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IN SUMMARY:
– President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged Ksh. 1 million towards rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba’s medical expenses
– Senator Sakaja disclosed Uhuru’s contribution in a message posted on his Twitter account
– Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill
– Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006

President Uhuru Kenyatta through Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja has contributed a sum of Ksh. 1 million towards the medical expenses of ailing rugby legend, Benjamin Ayimba.

On a Tweet posted on his Twitter handle, Senator Sakaja disclosed that the head of state had promised Ksh. 1 million that will go into Ayimba’s medical expenses.

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“Let’s keep at it #TurnUpforBenja. Thank you H.E Uhuru for the KES 1m. Kindly @RailaOdinga @WilliamsRuto @MusaliaMudavadi join in,” said Sakaja in the Tweet.

Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill and that his condition had drastically deteriorated. The union called on Kenyans to make their contributions via the Paybill number 8021673 with the name BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL towards the rugby icon’s medical bills.

Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006. He went on to guide Kenya to her first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

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In 2011, he left the job under controversial circumstances after he openly opposed the fielding of Kenya’s main players at the Safaricom Sevens.

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Kirinyaga: Middle-aged man found dead inside a lodging in Ndia

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IN SUMMARY:
– The middle-aged man was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area, Kirinyaga
– Police are in pursuit of an unidentified woman who was in the company of the deceased
– His body was moved to Kutus Funeral home, Kutus

Police in Kirinyaga are investigating the death of a middle-aged man who was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area.

According to the lodging caretaker, the man  booked a room at around 1pm in the company of unidentified woman who latter went missing.

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The incident was confirmed by agio town’s Nyumba Kumi Chairman, Daniel Kangangi who is also a brother to the caretaker.

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The caretaker is my brother. When he called me I informed officers based at Kagio Police station,”  said Kangangi.

Police are now in pursuit of the unidentified woman asking people in the hotel business to ensure that they take details of their customers.

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The body has been moved to the Kutus Funeral home Kutus pending further investigations.

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