Illegal Activities in NASA Zones Exposed in New Report

A new report by Auditor General Edward Ouko has exposed illegal activities in National Super Alliance (NASA) zones.

The report covering the 2015/2016 financial year put Kisii, Homa Bay, Migori, Nyamira and Kisumu Counties on the spot over skewed employment.

Ouko stated that governors from the five counties were employing people from particular tribes who took 98 percent of the county jobs.

According to the report, Kisii County employed more than 97 percent staff from the same ethnic community, while dominant ethnic communities in Nyamira and Migori counties took about 91 percent of the jobs.

Ouko further revealed that Kisumu County employed 295 staff with 92 percent coming from the dominant ethnic community while the Homa Bay County government employed 108 employees with one community taking 107 slots.

[caption caption="Auditor General Edward Ouko"][/caption]

Section 65(1e) of the County Governments Act, 2012, requires that at least 30 percent of vacant posts at entry level be filled by candidates who are not from the dominant community.

The report also revealed financial discrepancies in the counties where the figures released by a number of county executives did not match the records at Treasury.

The Auditor General revealed that Sh131 Million could have been lost in Kisumu County when the executive was transferring money to the county assembly while in Kisii County, Sh272 Million could have been lost during cash transfers done from the coffers of the county executive treasury.

Another report by the Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo for the same period stated that Sh533 Million was released to the Kisumu County Assembly while in its financial statements, the executive inflated the figure to Sh620 Million.

[caption caption="Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo"][/caption]

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