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Graft unearthed at Embu Level Five Hospital shocks – Weekly Citizen

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The county assembly of Embu has suspended all the payments to non pharmaceutical supplies and food commodities at the region’s Level Five hospital after discovery that it was ridden with extreme cases of graft.
According to deputy speaker of the county assembly Steve Simba, MCAs discovered a scheme where massive inflation of purchase prices of basic items during the tendering process was factored in.
MCAs want investigations into tender awards that favour certain firms at the behest of the hospital’s head of procurement department.
Runyenjes Central MCA wants Governor Martin Wambora to crack the whip on an officer suspected to be corrupt and replace him immediately. Weekly Citizen has documents showing, the hospital purchased one kilogramme of maize flour at Sh340 when the market price of Sh75. Document folders used for record keeping were tendered at Sh275 when the retail price in local bookshop is Sh30.
MCAs want county treasury boss John Njagi impeached if he fails to submit a list of the county’s verified pending bills as gazetted by the Office of the Auditor General. It has emerged; the assembly’s liaison committee has failed to obtain the list.

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Embu county has secretly been paying a number of pending bills which were not verified by the assembly, resulting in some questionable expenditure. A number of the firms paid directors are parting with kickbacks to be considered for payment. The finance department is to submit a list of all pending bills to suppliers, which were not factored in the supplementary budget passed recently for scrutiny before payments.
The assembly has decided to form an ad-hoc committee to probe use of public funds on payment of staff salaries after allocating over Sh2.8billion to personnel emoluments in a supplementary budget.
Of great concern is the Sh1.5 billion salaries and allowances for the health department, staffing levels for all the public health facilities, the entire procurement process for the goods and services for the health docket at Embu Level Five Hospital and other relevant matters.
The county public service board, department of public service, administration and devolution will conduct a physical headcount for the entire staff of the county government with an aim of establishing the actual staff establishment, staff needs and staffing gaps within the next sixty days and submit a report to the assembly.
Another ad-hoc committee is to probe personnel emoluments for the entire county government which swallows Sh1.3 billion in annual budget, excluding the health department, with an aim of establishing the actual staffing, staffing needs and the quality of service delivery to citizens.
Report by county assembly liaison committee on the first supplementary budget for the 2019/2020 financial year reveals that expenditure for the personnel emoluments had continued to increase despite the fact that a number of employees have exited through natural attrition.
Reports from departments reveal that approximately Sh114 million being annual payroll reductions as a result of employees who had exited through natural attrition was reallocated from the personnel emolument to finance other components of the county budget.

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Ford-K to discipline rebel MCAs harshly – Weekly Citizen

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Ford-Kenya party has vowed to take action against its MCAs who were at the forefront of the impeachment motion of its leaders. The impeachment saw majority leader Florence Wekesa and majority chief whip Evelyn Mutyembu toppled. They were replaced by Joseph Nyongesa as the majority leader, Tongaren MCA Elizabeth Tindi as his deputy, Meshack Simiyu alias Museveni as the majority chief whip and Bungoma Township MCA Joseph Maguda as the deputy chief whip. However, Ford Kenya party secretary-general Eseli Simiyu says the impeachment is illegal as there was no wide consultation before the action was reached. Eseli stated that there was no Gazette Notice giving MCAs a go ahead to make any changes in the assembly dominated by FK leaders.

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The Tongaren MP says he wrote to the assembly speaker Emmanuel Situma to stop the changes because the top organ wasn’t consulted. Eseli named the rebel MCAs Elizabeth Tindi (Tongaren), Joseph Nyongesa (majority leader), Joseph Kawa (Bokoli) and Meshack Museveni (majority chief whip) as those who were not paying a party subscription fee of Sh5,000 a month. He says that he has written to them to pay their subscription up to May or else the party top organs will meet to decide their future in the party. “We don’t need people who aren’t loyal to the party! We will need to reorganize ourselves. The removal of the former leaders can affect the party effectiveness in 2022 and there is no legality in their removal. Wekesa of Kimilili and Mutyembu from Sirisia, should not be undermined,” he said. Eseli says that the change of leadership needs to be done in house meetings. He says he has been intimidated and blackmailed and even tried to be bribed to give in to some burning issues affecting the party and the county government.

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Queries as budget is tabled at Kirinyaga assembly – Weekly Citizen

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The Kirinyaga county assembly has received the revised supplementary budget for the year 2020/2021 for consideration. The revised budget was tabled at the assembly by nominated MCA Lillian Wanjiku on behalf of the leader of majority Kamau Murango. Immediately, Tebere MCA Gudson Muchina said he will raise issues why the county executive brought a second supplementary budget yet a similar one had been brought and tabled 40 days ago.

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Also tabled were the financial estimates for the 2020/2021 financial year which the MCAs will be debating on before passing or rejecting it. Budget committee chairman Peter Njomo said he was concerned that the ECD teachers had not been paid despite a supplementary budget being tabled and passed 40 days ago. A letter forwarding the 2020/2021 financial estimates from the executive was read by the speaker which was dated April 30, 2020.

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Panic as Vihiga service board cracks whip – Weekly Citizen

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Vihiga county public service board has initiated a process to surcharge three senior officers Sh300,480 paid to a person who was not an employee of the county, for a period of three months. In a letter written by the board’s CEO Vincent M’maitsi that leaked to the press and addressed to the acting county secretary and head of public service, Philip Gavuna, it has indicated that he and two other officers will be surcharged in equal measures. “At its meeting of March 3, 2020, under MIN:11/3/03/2020, the county public service board reviewed the situation in the case of one Henry Anjila and noted that he had been paid arrears of three months, totalling to Sh300,480, whereas he was not an employee of the county of Vihiga,” part of the letter indicates.

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It further notes that the board resolved that the money must be recovered and that the officers who had been directly involved in the matter be surcharged the amount. Other officers to be surcharged together with Gavuna include Pamela Busungu, chief officer in the Department of Agriculture and John Naviava, secretary to the board. Anjila is purportedly said to have been brought into the county, through an inter-county transfer from Garissa county. He was employed as a principal livestock officer in May last year after he sent an application letter to Gavuna through Ms. Busungu.

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