Nakuru County has Sh300m in fake bills, audit shows

Tuesday February 6 2018

Gusii Road in Nakuru Town

Contractors re-carpet Gusii Road in Nakuru Town on November 23, 2017. More than Sh300 million in pending bills in Nakuru was suspiciously included and scheduled for payment by the end of the 2016/2017 financial year. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By FRANCIS MUREITHI
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More than Sh300 million in pending bills in Nakuru was suspiciously included and scheduled for payment by the end of the 2016/2017 financial year, an internal audit report has shown.

Strangely, it happened in the final quarter of the last financial year, shortly before the 2017 elections.

One contractor billed the county Sh17 million without any supporting document.

The fake bills were rampant in the department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and department of Public Works.

According to the 700-page report, many of the projects were not properly tendered.

Only Sh722 million out of Sh3 billion owed to contractors and suppliers is genuine.

This represents a paltry 24 per cent of the bills.

The report was compiled between October and December 2017 and has been handed to Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

The most notorious department is education, which has an inflated cost of items amounting to Sh14 million.

Environment has an inflated bill of Sh4.3 million.