Questions Raised Over Governor's Ksh30M Luxury Cars

  • A Toyota Landcruiser V8
    A Toyota Landcruiser V8
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  • The Auditor General, Nancy Gathungu put Mandera Governor, Ali Roba on the spot for purchasing Vehicles worth Ksh30 Million.

    The County Executive spent Ksh18 Million and Ksh12 Million to purchase Toyota Landcruisers(TX) for the Governor and Deputy Governor respectively.

    According to the report, the armored vehicles purchased did not abide by the set standards for counties as per Section 137(1) of the County Governments Regulations.

    Auditor General Nancy Gathungu during a press conference in October 2020.
    Auditor General Nancy Gathungu during a press conference in October 2020.
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    “The management procured the vehicle with an engine capacity of 4500cc contravening section 137(1) of the Public Finance Management (County Governments) Regulations, 2015 which requires that official vehicles purchased shall not exceed 2600cc for saloon cars and 3300 cc for 4x4 utility vehicles,” read the report.

    The report further highlighted that the car was purchased on May 10, 2019, but was not delivered until December 4th of the same year.

    During the same year under review, they procured a vehicle for the deputy governor for a whooping Ksh 12 Million, which did not adhere to the set rules.

    The county government of Mandera also purchased six ambulances at the price of Ksh 63 Million. 

    “Although the vehicles were supplied and delivered the management did not avail, for audit review, tender documents, tender evaluation, inspection and acceptance report and a contractual agreement with the supplier.”

    The audit revealed that the county government was in direct breach of the law.

    Last month, The Council of Governors stated that they are unable to submit their taxes to the Kenya Revenue Authority due to delay in disbursement of funds.

    Yesterday, the senate managed to impeach embattled Wajir Governor Mohammed Abdi Mohamud on grounds of financial impropriety, gross misconduct, abuse of Office and violation of the constitution.

    He is the third sitting governor to be impeached from office, the first two being Ferdinand Waititu alias 'Baba Yao' and Mike Mbuvi Sonko.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe pictured during the Covid summit held on November 4, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe pictured during the Covid summit held on November 4, 2020.
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