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I’m not under probe over stalled projects, ex-Kajiado governor says

Wednesday July 29 2020
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Former Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye. He has refuted claims that he is being investigated by a Senate committee over the alleged loss of millions of shillings in stalled projects. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By STANLEY NGOTHO

Former Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye has refuted claims that he is being investigated by a Senate committee over the alleged loss of millions of shillings in stalled projects.

The former National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority chairman denied that the County Public Accounts and Investment Committee (CPAIC) early this month had called for investigations targeting him and slew of former senior officials.

Two weeks ago when the CPAIC questioned Governor Joseph ole Lenku on stalled projects and unsupported bill payments for 2015/16, it emerged that the defunct Olkejuado County Council blundered in handling the dispute between the local authority and the Kilimanjaro Safari Club, leading to a court award of Sh300 million in favour of the latter for breach of contract.

AUDIT REPORT

According to the audit report, the county government had entered into a lease with the hotel with the proviso that they would not allow the establishment of another hotel in the area.

However, some officials are said to have afterwards allowed the construction of Oltukai Lodge.

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Kilimanjaro Safari Club went to court, won the case, and was awarded the money in 2009, an amount that has now shot up to Sh670 million due to interests accruing from failure of the county council to deposit Sh145 million when their appeal was accepted.

INHERITED MESS

But Mr Nkedianye told the Nation that he inherited the mess from the defunct council in 2013 and was still trying to resolve the issue when he left office in 2017.

Governor Ole Lenku had told the committee his administration has set aside Sh100 million as settlement saying the county is cash-strapped. Another towering controversy is the Kajiado Library project.

The Auditor-General said the contract worth Sh119 million signed in the 2014/2015 financial year had "no value for money".

The consultant was accused of delaying its completion despite being paid Sh52 million.

The project was designed to have a cultural centre, a resource centre, an information and communication technology block, recreation facilities and children’s paying area. The idea was mooted to cultivate a reading culture among residents.

"County governments have set standards and procedures on all projects that are funded by public resources. The stalling of the projects was occasioned by the current administration’s refusal to budget for continuity,” said Mr Nkedianye

He noted most county projects are funded in phases due to financial constraints regularly experienced by the devolved units.

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