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How Council of Governors paid one lawyer Sh36 million

By Moses Nyamori | Published Thu, August 23rd 2018 at 00:00, Updated August 22nd 2018 at 22:40 GMT +3
Chairman of the Council of Governors Josphat Nanok during State of devolution 2018 at Delta house in Westlands, Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo/Standard]

The Council of Governors paid a lawyer Sh31 million in a deal that the Auditor General has questioned.

Edward Ouko has queried the decision by the council to procure one lawyer to handle various court cases it had against the national government.

Some of the cases the lawyer handled were against the Senate, the National Assembly as well as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

In the report tabled by Majority Leader Aden Duale yesterday, Mr Ouko said there was no justification why the governors’ body decided to procure the services of one lawyer.

Ouko’s latest report is for the financial year 2016/2017.

The council is also on the spot over Sh7.6 million spent to hire a helicopter. There were no supporting documents.

The council was further faulted for recruiting and promoting staff in the last financial year, increasing compensation to Sh60.8 million.

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Ouko said the decision was not informed by the advice of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

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