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Anti-graft body probes Siaya County on the alleged theft of Ksh.400m

Erick Ngumbi: EACC head of corporate affairs and communication.

Ethics and Anti-Corrution Commission (EACC) has commenced investigations into alleged illegal withdrawal of Ksh.400m from Saiya County kitty.

The alleged illegal wirhrawal of the milti-million shilling is said to have happened immediately before, and immediately after the just concluded presidential elections.

The misappropriation of the said funds was unearthed by the new administration under governor James Orengo. The country chief had promised that action would be taken against anyone who would be found liable for the embezzlement of the funds.
Speaking today on the issue at hand, EACC head of Corporate Affairs and Communication Eric Ngumbi acknowledged that there was a gross disregard of the law as transactions were being done at that time in Saiya County government.

“This was in total disregard of moratorium stopping procurements, payment of allowances and pending bills by the new Governor,” EACC Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication Eric Ngumbi said in a statement.

Ngumbi said there were claims that an official in the Finance Department received five payments, with four of them made on August 31, and the fifth one a week later September 6.

They include Sh225,000 for travel costs, Sh93,000 in tuition fees allowance, Sh200,000 in accommodation allowance, Sh250,000 for tuition fees and Sh120,000 for advertising awareness and publicity campaign.

“Another senior staff member is alleged to have received three payments including Sh200,000 for travel cost, Sh425,000 for daily subsistence allowance and Sh125,000 for bank service commission charge,” Ngumbi said.

There were also claims that a support staff officer received Sh748,000 for purported contracted technical services.

Further allegations indicate that Sh112 million was channelled from the County Executive bank accounts to clerks of various County Assembly committees.

Three of the clerks are alleged to have received up to five payments in one day ranging between Sh650,000 and Sh716, 000 under the imprest account.

This is the first time in the history of Siaya county government that a theft of public funds has been highlighted. Under the former governor Cornel Rasanga, there were no major exposé of this magnitude.

However, it is still early in the day to conclude that the perpetrators of such economic crimes shall be brought to book.

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