Mutua on the spot over Sh3m

Monday February 17 2014

PHOTO | COURTESY Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua at a past event.

PHOTO | COURTESY Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua at a past event. 

By ISAAC ONGIRI
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Machakos County spent Sh2.8 million at the funeral of former Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo, an audit has revealed.

And the Kenya National Audit Office has recommended that officers involved in the “irregular” expenditure be surcharged for the loss.

The expenditure includes Sh1 million paid by the Machakos Governor as contribution to the funeral expenses and a similar amount to hire a public address system from HomeBoys Entertainment Ltd.

The amount is recorded to have been paid to the governor who is documented as the payee — Dr Alfred Mutua.

Further, Sh880,160 was spent to procure one laptop, a receiver, a microphone, a speaker, wireless speakers, a projector, amplifier and a microphone stand for the same funeral.

That was despite Mr Mutula’s home county being Makueni County.

The audit covered all the 47 counties and the details on Machakos County’s expenditures are just some of the findings.

It also emerged that queries had been raised in the expenditures of Nairobi and Mombasa counties, whose audit reports have been submitted to the Clerk of the Senate.

Regarding Machakos, Auditor-General Edward Ouko has raised queries on the lack of supporting documents for some expenditures.

A sample of payments examined revealed that goods and services worth Sh14,062,627 were procured unprocedurally, according to the auditor.