Kitui Governor Malombe last week was at pains to explain why his government used revenue collected at source instead of banking the same in the county revenue fund as required in law.
Malombe further found himself on the receiving end when senators demanded to know why two cheques of Sh579,245 could not be explained and why he failed to provide banking statements sought by Auditor General Edward Ouko for unsupported vouchers for over Sh6 million.
“These funds were factored in the 2012/2013 defunct local authorities’ account. However, the funds were cashed through Sh307,420 and Sh271,825 awaiting approval by the county assembly,” said the governor.
The senator sitting at the Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee to inquire to 2013/2014 audit queries concurred that the governor must account for the funds.
With Senator David Musila demanding that the governor produce expenditure schedule, noting that failure to do so would mean there was misappropriation of funds.
The governor had appeared before the committee on Thursday August 18 and he is expected to show up to clear the audit queries this week.
As senators Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu) urged the committee chairman to put a disclaimer on the outstanding audit until supporting documents are submitted by the governor for scrutiny.
Source: The Standard