Kitui MCAs On the Spot Over illegal spending on foreign trips


By county diary

Kitui Members of the County Assembly {35} will have to refund the over sh.450,000 they illegally pocketed each as allowances in the needless foreign trips that pundits feel are not beneficial to the residents.

In a move to avoid getting into bad books with the EACC and the public wrath, the MCAs will have to pay a sum of shillings 450,000 each squandered on the inessential trips in the last financial year 2018/19 {An additional sh.21,378,815 inclusive of conference and accommodation fees}.

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Sources privy to county diary confirmed that no MCA has paid back the notorious allowances to the public kitty. A report from the assembly dated May, 15th 2019, indicates that an additional sh.21,378,815 was spent on foreign travel and subsistence and other transportation costs.( 450k 35 MCAs plus accommodation and conference fees )

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According to the report, the MCAs visited Singapore, Malaysia, UAE and Canada though the honorable members have not yet tabled any recommendations on the floor of the house begging the reason why such lavish trips occurred.

In October 2018, Devolution Principal Secreatry Charles Sunkuli moved to reduce wasteful spending in counties after issuing guidelines restricting foreign travel by MCAs.

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The latest report by the Auditor General indicates that MCAs are illegally earning sitting allowances while others are exploiting the domestic and local travel avenue to earn more.