County Public Accounts and Investment Committee has given Migori Governor Okoth Obado seven days to provide documents showing how Ksh1.5 billion was spent in the 2017/2018 financial year.
While appearing before the committee on Monday, Obado failed to account for his county’s expenditure saying he was not able to provide financial documents because they were destroyed in a fire.
“I want to agree with the auditor that we were not able to provide the financial statements showing how that money was used but that does not mean that the money was unlawfully spent," Obado said.
How money was spent
"It was during that unfortunate fire incident that those records were destroyed,” he added.
Committee members were however not satisfied with Obado’s explanation saying the documents could have been re-created.
Homabay Senator Moses Kajwang’ told off the Migori county boss saying that the response by the governor did not address the issue.
"What you ought to have done is break down Sh1.5 billion that was used during that period. You would have said, for example, Ksh600 million was used to pay salaries no one would doubt that salaries were paid, Ksh800million went to the assembly – no one would doubt that but all you are talking about are generalities,” said Kajwang’.
Auditor General's disclaimer
“I want to direct that you provide those documents to the Auditor General within seven days and then the auditor will submit them to this committee after they go through them,” he added.
Other committee members also expressed disappointment in the manner governors are handling financial records, saying they are not in touch with their county financial matters.
Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina asked: “Why is it that it has taken you over a year and a half and you still have not re-created those documents? Can’t you call the bank to give you a list of people you pay? Can’t you call your suppliers to give you the receipts?”
The Auditor General Edward Ouko had given a disclaimer of opinion to Migori County, meaning he could not audit the county expenditure because he was not provided with the necessary financial documents needed for auditing.