Inquiry into payments with regards to the beautification of Nairobi turned murkier today after the Chief officer finance and the environment sector failed to provide supporting documents on how they spent a whooping Ksh. 18.7 million in the project.
Appearing before PAC committee Nairobi County Assembly the officials led by finance officer Halkano Waqo and chief officer environment Mohammed Abdi admitted before the committee members and auditors that some vouchers were missing and that what they presented is only amounting to Ksh. 640,000 leaving Ksh. 18 Milion in question.
‘‘All in all what i can explain before this committee as for the briefing from the sector the Ksh. 18 million was allocated for beautification but it was not used for that purpose ,what has been used is only Ksh. 640,000 ,but whether the figure will add up or not we will consult the accountants and bring before the committee.’’ Abdi stated.
At some point the beautification money was withdrawn and paid as per diem for some city-hall officials with one classic example which according the response by the executive said they paid Ksh. 46,000 to Charles Gatara for a Machakos workshop.
Another Ksh. 37,000 per diem was paid to an official who traveled to Lagos under unclear circumstances.
They have now been ordered by the committee chairman Wilfred Odalo to appear before PAC on 2nd July at 10.30 am with all vouchers raised for the payments and any other financial documents.
‘‘These issues involve public money we cannot take them lightly, we want the officers before to appear again with all supporting documents together with accountants at these departments .’’ He said.