Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Suspends 30 County Procurement Officials

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has sent 30 county officials in the procurement department on forced leave in his fight against corruption in the county.

    The officials are alleged to have inflated and issued Local Purchase Orders (LPOs) and Service Orders (LSO) without the county head's approval.

    County Secretary and Head of County Public Service Peter Kariuki disclosed that initial investigations found that the staff had engaged in dealings that had affected the county's revenue collection.

    “Pending a complete investigation of your role and culpability if any in regard to the above…you are hereby required to hand over and proceed on leave with immediate effect,” read part of the letter issued by Kariuki.

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    Among the accusations facing the officials include acting against the Public Finance Act, 2012 and Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015.

    Earlier on March 30, The county's Finance Executive Danvas Makori and chief officer Ekaya Alumasi were sent home over allegations that they were working for people fighting Governor Sonko.

    Sonko allegedly established that Makori had been giving out information to people who were mentioned in the Ksh21 Billion syndicate during Dr Evans Kidero's regime.

    According to an audit report by KPMG commissioned by Sonko and released early March, Nairobi County lost over Ksh21 Billion between 2013 and 2017.

    Makori, who was trusted to hold the Finance docket, allegedly went behind Sonko's back and was in constant communication with Kidero, his associates would jeopardize investigations.

    "It does not matter who you are, where you come from or what you have done. This is serious business and we must all deliver and serve Nairobians as we had promised during the campaign period," Sonko warned.

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