By Guest writer
Edward Ouko, the Auditor General has cleared Kitui Governor, H.E CHARITY NGILU and 10 other Counties that had been on the spot over hysterical spending.
Speaking during the launch of the 2018 Cyber Security Report, the auditor general stated that the concerns raised by the senate committee were just issues of ‘bad reporting’ and not an issue of corruption as had earlier been postulated.
“It is just an issue of bad reporting or the information was slotted into a template which was not customised for that particular reporting of the county budget, so you end up with some budget heads from a template of the national government budget. It is not an issue of whether the counties spent money on those items, no,” He stated.
Edward Ouko will appear before the joint Justice Legal Affairs Committee in Parliament on June 30, 2019
“I think you have systems of accounting and then there is subsidiary reporting which is supposed to be done on the budget separately and meant to go to the County Assembly and this was really intended by the Treasury to allow the counties once they have the accounts, they align the budget heads,” he stated.
Other Counties that had been windswept by the report are; Lamu, Laikipia, Kakamega, Kirinyaga, Kwale, Kiambu, Nyeri, Nyamira, Samburu and Garissa.
Some of the Governors in the respective Counties like had defended themselves stating that they did not spend money for functions that were not under their jurisdictions.
A good example is Kirinyanga governor Ann Waiguru who even demanded a public apology from the Auditor General and National Treasury over report that her county government spend the 2017-2018 FYI budget outside the county jurisdictions. For instance, state house affairs.