A lobby group in Uasin Gishu County is now demanding answers over 30 youth polytechnics allegedly started by the County Government.
The lobby group has threatened to hold demonstrations to push for the immediate removal of County Secretary Peter Lelei and sub-sequent impeachment of Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago.
Led by their Chairperson Emily Kitur,the group named Team Transparency Uasin Gishu County said they were concerned about the alleged large sums of money being spent to buy advertisement space in newspapers to mislead residents that the County Government has started 30 Youth Polytechnics while the county has nothing to show for the money spent.
“We have gross deficits in Uasin Gishu in terms of infrastructure, in terms of employment, in terms of welfare. There are so many gaps and our people cannot afford to lose millions buying newspaper spaces to give out misleading information,” Kitur said.
“When so much is alleged to be spent for these kinds of exercises, what is the value of the money.” she added.
“There needs to be an investigation into a number of specific claims that have been made that the County Government has started 30 youth polytechnics,where are they?,” they asked.”It is very important to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible.Some people have got some serious explaining to do. We know this story won’t be popular at County Offices but we commend the County leading blog for uncovering this information.We are looking forward to hearing the County government’s response.”
The lobby group has demanded that the County Government must justify their expenses questioning why they did not use the County newspaper to publish such adverts if they were neccesary so that taxpayers can scrutinise exactly how their money was being spent.
“Was the so called County Newpaper(The Champion) a white elephant? We are yet to see it in circulation months after it was launched and allocated quite a sum of money.”
They further asked the County Government to demonstrate that it has taken on board the serious concerns raised in the Auditor General’s report about how it controls it’s procurement.
The Auditor general’s report for the period 1st Jan to 30th June 2013 revealed massive irregularities.The report shows payments of goods and services worth Kshs 34million that were not delivered, irregular payments worth Kshs 3million for fencing of a public plot in Kapsoya Estate and single sourcing of Motor Vehicles worth Kshs 40million that were paid before delivery.
The Motor Vehicles were also insured through Amaco Insurance Company at a Cost of Kshs 2million even before delivery. The report also unearthed Kshs 1.7 million purchase of hardware materials and timber from Rotalink Engineering Company limited which were never delivered.
The report further revealed that Kshs 31million were remitted back to the National Treasury and all the monies meant for development which were not utilised were also remitted back to the National Treasury.
“The county government needs to get its house in order and with many examples of wasteful spending having been exposed in recent months like hosting a Kshs 1million dinner for journalists ,urgent steps are needed to convince residents it can still be trusted.”
The county assembly has also been vocal in their expectation that county executives should be both transparent and prudent with how they spend public money.