Kilifi Governor Kingi under fire over missing Ksh.3.2B records

FILE PHOTO | Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi addressing journalists in Mombasa
FILE PHOTO | Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi during a past press address. PHOTO | FILE

Kilifi governor Amason Kingi on Thursday had a difficult time explaining why records of a staggering Ksh.3.2 billion spent in the County were not available to the IFMIS system.

Governor Kingi has since dispelled the allegations and instead faulted the Ministry of Finance and the IFMIS system citing challenges in the system.

The Kilifi county boss noted that the missing records problem was not only in Kilifi County but rather , a few counties were experiencing the same challenges.

The Senate Committee however criticized the county boss for not having access to relevant documents.

The Senators have given Kingi seven days to submit the financial records.

This comes even as Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru demanded an apology from the National Treasury following allegations that eight counties including her administration allocated funds to “State House affairs” in the 2017-2018 financial year.

A scrutiny of financial statements for Kitui, Kakamega, Garissa, Kirinyaga, Kwale, Lamu, Nyamira and Samburu indicated that the eight counties, just like Kiambu, had allocated funds to functions of the national government including State House functions, foreign advisory services among others.

The National Treasury however sent a memo to counties informing them that they were using the wrong formats to record their financial statements, hence, the outrageous descriptions of their programs.

Waiguru now says since the exchequer has admitted that the bizarre budget lines were as a result of misreporting on IFMIS, someone should take responsibility since the affected counties were exposed to public ridicule.

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