Leaders Decry Lack Of Accountability In Embu

The legislatures are now calling for thorough investigations to bring to book those found to be culpable.

County women representative Rose Mitaru waded into the saga demanding an end to the culture of impunity that appears to have taken root in the county.

Mitaru said the current auditor general’s findings said to have already been presented to parliament are worrying.

She said that this is coming at a time when service delivery and accountability are considered mandatory in the management of public affairs.

She demanded that once investigations are complete those found culpable, must be charged and forced to  return the stolen funds.

The ongoing calls against corruption deals come in the wake of this weekend’s disclosures by Embu county assembly speaker Kariuki Mate and Mbeere North MP Charles Muriuki Njagagwa.

The disclosures were to the effect that a total of Ksh 442.6 million allocated to the Embu county government last financial year cannot be accounted for.

They both cited findings of the auditor general whose report they claimed has been presented to parliament and is also in the public domain.

They tabled figures indicating that ksh 138 million was allegedly spent in salary payment of non existing employees, ksh 180 million to non existing purchases of graders,  ksh 14.3 million on fraudulent interests  and ksh 23.8 million on ghost workers, among other things.

The two were speaking during a luncheon hosted in honor of last year KCPE best performers at Kanyuambora market funded by Embu senator Lenny Kivuti.

By Bonareri Samaha

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