Oparanya’s warning that saw Waititu skip an interview

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Tuesday night skipped with Citizen TV’s Hussein Mohamed at the last minute.

Waititu was set to be interviewed on the recent revelations of his bizarre budget.

He said that Wycliffe Oparanya-led Council of governors had directed him not to appear in any interview until the matter is solved.

Waititu further said that the council of governors had said that it will handle the budgetary queries in the Counties that have been got up in the scandal.

Eight more counties made bizarre allocations in their budgets similar to that of Kiambu county, shining the spotlight on expenditure by the devolved units.

Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya

A review of their statements for financial year 2017-18 reveals an alarming trend where the devolved units have set aside funds for functions beyond their purview.

Kitui, Kakamega, Garissa, Kirinyaga, Kwale, Lamu, Nyamira, and Samburu are among the counties which made allocations for State House Affairs (Ifmis code 704000000) and Government Advisory Services (703000000).

The counties did not present a breakdown of what was approved for the programmes or sub-programmes, raising questions on why the approvals were not flagged by concerned budget offices.

Counties set aside cash for the administration of payments for retired presidents, and for Kenya-South Sudan Advisory Services.

The concern is on what the monies were spent on – after State House denied sharing budgets with counties – and whether the Office of the Controller of Budget conducted due diligence on the expenditure proposals sent by governors for approval.

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