Isiolo Governor Mohammed Kuti grilled over Ksh.111M COVID-19 expenditure

Isiolo Governor Mohammed Kuti grilled over Ksh.111M COVID-19 expenditure
Isiolo County Governor Mohammed Kuti during a past event. PHOTO / FILE

Isiolo and Wajir counties are on the radar of the Senate Health Committee as it probes how the two counties utilized millions of shillings allocated to them at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Wajir Governor Mohammed Abdi was a no show, his Isiolo counterpart Governor Mohammed Kuti on Monday appeared before the committee to answer questions on an audit report prepared by the office of the Auditor General.

The Senators sought explanations on how a total sum of Ksh.111 million was utilized. In part, the monies received by the Isiolo County government were as follows:

Ksh.16 million Government of Kenya conditional grant; Ksh.4.3 million from Danida; Ksh.21 million for health allowances; and Ksh.30 million through the Kenya Devolution Support Programme.

The initial findings by the office of the Auditor General indicated irregularities in the award of tenders worth Ksh.9.4 million shillings and utilization of funds, absence of approved work plans, budgets, procurement plans and training plans that are specific to COVID-19 activities.

“The amount came strictly according to the list of doctors and nurses we have, and it came with a guideline of utilization….this is not money we had planned for,” Governor Kuti said.

With the governor denying any irregularities, the Senate committee chair Senator Michael Mbito postponed the hearing to allow the Isiolo County government time to furnish the office of the Auditor General with all documents and annexures showing how they utilized the COVID-19 funds.

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