In Homa Bay County officers from the EACC and DCI swung into action after MCAs reportedly shared out Ksh. 27 million on a foreign trip that never happened
Auditor General M/S Nancy Gathangu has released a damning report on how Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) in Kenya blew away more than Ksh. 440 million on non-existent trips abroad. She singled out MCAs in Nairobi County who were said to have been the highest spenders, they were accused of holding “ghost” meetings, workshops and seminars which were never captured in any document as procedure demands.
In Homa Bay County officers from the EACC and DCI swung into action after MCAs reportedly shared out Ksh. 27 million on a foreign trip that never happened. The Treasury now wants the MCAs to refund the money or face court litigation. The AG report details many other pilferages of public funds by MCA’s who file fake mileage, inflated overtime, tea and mandazi, and cash for airtime for none official business.
The findings come in the wake of public outrage over the ballooning public wage bill. According to the former finance minister and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi Kenya is flat broke with a debt ceiling now approaching Ksh. 9 trillion.
With only Kshs 2 trillion available for recurrent expenditure and development, the country is walking tight rope. Most of the revenue generated goes into paying salaries and allowances on a bloated public wage bill at the national and county levels with most people performing duplicated roles.
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