Four Rift Valley Governors Summoned Over Audit Queries

  • Four Governors in the Rift Valley have been required to appear before a watchdog committee when it holds its sessions in Eldoret next week.

    The Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee chaired by Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang shall grill the county bosses starting Monday.

    The four governors are part of the ongoing questioning of 23 county bosses across the country who were required to defend their expenditures for the financial year 2014/2015.

    Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis will be first to appear on Monday. He will be answering questions on audit queries raised by Auditor General Edward Ouko.

    His Uasin Gishu counterpart Jackson Mandago will follow on Tuesday as he appears before the Finance and Budget Committee to give an account of what his administration is doing on President Kenyatta's ‘Big Four’ agenda.

    On Wednesday, Elgeyo-Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos will face the team over audit queries.

    Tolgos will also be required to share with the committee the strides he has made in aligning the county programs to the 'Big-Four-Agenda'.

    On Thursday, West-Pokot boss John Lonyangapuo will be before Senator Kajwang’s committee to also respond to audit queries.

    In August, the Senate listed several Governors as defiant after failing to honour several summonses.

    Among those who had been listed as defiant was Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (appeared early last in August), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), Salim Mvurya (Kwale), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Patrick Khaemba (Trans-Nzoia), Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu) and Martin Wambora of Embu County,

    The upcoming session to be held in Eldoret appears as a move to take the audit queries to the governor's doorsteps and it'll be interesting to note whether Governor John Lonyangapuo shall honour the summons.

    Others who were marked as defiant include Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta-was grilled on August 28, 2018), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Abdi Mahamud (Wajir), Mohamud Ali (Marsabit) and Ali Korane (Garissa).

    In July, the Senate ordered Governor Mvurya to pay a fine of Sh200,000 for failing to heed an invite to respond to questions raised by the Auditor General on expenditures during the 2014/2015 Financial Year.