Massive corruption unearthed in Marsabit County-Why the DPP needs to take action now-Part One

Mr Ali Mohamud Mohamed, Governor Marsabit County. Photo Courtesy

The report accuses the Governor of having failed to account for the expenditure of Shs. 928,863,015/= (Nine Hundred and Twenty-Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Sixty-Three Thousand, and Fifteen reportedly spent between 2017 and 2019

By Our Investigative Team

The Governor of Marsabit County, Ali Mohamud Mohamed has presided over a massive corruption enterprise at the expense of the neediest residents of the county. Evidence obtained by The Weekly Vision online indicates that the governor in collusion with his close confidants has siphoned hundreds of millions of shillings from county coffers by using proxies. The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji needs to take action immediately.

Many decades after the country gained independence, the political elite from Kenya’s north have tended to blame the region’s low levels of development squarely on the central government’s alleged failure to allocate adequate resources to the region. However, eight years after the devolved system of governance was introduced in the country, the levels of development in parts of the region especially Marsabit County does not seem to match the resources that have been allocated to the region by the treasury, those charged with the responsibly of taking care of the county resources have been on a looting spree.

 A confidential report obtained by this website, list evidence in which huge sums of money have been stolen during the tenure of Governor Mohamed Mohamud Ali. The COVID-19 provided a useful lens through which to examine the capacity of the County to cope or break under the stress of this uniquely severe health crisis, the county boss however used the pandemic to line his pockets with tax payer’s money.

The report accuses the Governor of having failed to account for the expenditure of Shs. 928,863,015/= (Nine Hundred and Twenty-Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Sixty-Three Thousand, and Fifteen reportedly spent between 2017 and 2019)

The Auditor General’s published report on the financial statements of the County for the 2017/2018 financial year confirmed fears of the fund’s mismanagement. The report indicates that bank reconciliation statements for two county bank accounts were not provided for audit review. Consequently, “the accuracy of the cash and cash equivalents balances of Shs. 957,599,800/= as of 30th June 2018 could not be confirmed”. This amount included a total sum of KShs. 604,742,341/= that was earmarked for Pro-poor and Special Programme for Drought Mitigation in the then supplementary budget.

 The County Roads sector has been characterized by hugely inflated construction and or repair costs which are irregularly paid at the behest of the Governor. For instance, Road A2 – Uran Road had a budget of Shs. 8,000,000/=) was constructed at 19,249,753/= resulting in an unbudgeted expenditure of Shs. 11,249,753). This money was not provided for under the pending bills list for the County in the financial year under review.

During the financial year 2017/2018 a sum of Shs. 60,000,000/= that was allocated to be paid to National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) was never remitted. These funds were instead redirected to unauthorized private use. In Sagante/Jaldesa Ward, the following projects are reportedly completed and paid for which is contrary to the facts on the ground. The funds were paid to a company associated with the area MCA Hon. Sola Katelo acting in cahoots with the Governor.

Dirib Gombo Market Shs. 6,000,000.00, Kub Dispensary Bugasa fence Shs. 1,500,000.00, Budassa Cemetery land Shs. 1,000,000.00, Dub Gombo empowerment/Sports centre Shs.1, 000,000.00, Budassa Water Piping project Shs.2, 500,000.00, Dirib/Kerra Road Shs. 2,200,000.00, Rehabilitation of Dirib Gombo Bore Hole Shs. 4,000,000/

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