Irregular MCAs’ trips puts them on EACC’s radar

Nyamira county assembly in session. /FILE

The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has been so strict in its recent efforts in fighting graft. The commission has put several people on its radar, among them political leaders.

Recently, Migori Governor Okoth Obado came on the radar of the anti-graft body after several alleged graft cases.

The body has now embarked on Nyamira County, where it is probing alleged irregular funding of foreign trips by Nyamira MCAs.

The anti-graft body is also investigating Sh379 million tender for the construction of a modern assembly block.

The court last week ordered the assembly clerk to issue certified copies of documents, records and registers including procurement plan and budget of the building, tender advertisement, quotation documents for all binders, names of the tender opening committee, tender opening register and tender evaluation register.

The county is on the spot over the controversial block which is currently under construction.

Other key documents that are required to be availed include; priced bill of quantity, engineer’s assessment, tender award and regret to the binders.

Others are requisition for meetings outside the county as from January 1st to date, payment vouchers in respect to all meetings held outside the county, copy of payroll for the period from January 2018 to date in respect of members of the county assembly, copies of SRC circular dated October 2017, list of house committees designation and membership and payroll of all county assembly staff from January 2018 to date.

Several MCAs in different Counties have been going for foreign trips and bench markings which have been criticised by several political leaders, among them the ODM leader Raila Odinga.

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They have also been engaging in wrangles which have seen most development projects in their counties stall.

Do you think EACC will help recover millions of money that MCAs have been misusing on unnecessary foreign trips?

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