Waititu aside! Obado given 7 days to explain Sh1.5bn expenses

After Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu, Monday was the day for Migori Governor Okoth Obado. The Migori county chief who appeared before the senate committee to respond to audit queries now has seven days to show proof of expenditures worth more than a billion shillings.

During the audit, it was found that a fire had burnt down the county’s procurement office destroying receipts, giving the Edward Ouko-led office a hard time of tracking Obado’s expenditure.

Ouko tracked expenditure of Sh1.56 billion through the government online payment platform in the three months from July 1 to September 24, 2017 and whose receipts are unavailable.

The procurement office and part of the audit unit got burnt destroying crucial documents and computers.

Obado told senators that the county has backup documents given the bulk of expenditures went to paying salaries.

“Your response talks of generalities. Provide a schedule, giving a breakdown of the Sh1.5 billion expenditure within seven days,” said Moses Kajwang, chairman Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee.

The county claimed that at the time of the fire, the procurement store contained tender documents, work tickets, payment vouchers, payment cash books and bank statements.

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