Counties blow cash on stalled projects
SEE ALSO :How Parliament can check Auditor GeneralRecords indicate that the contractor and the consultant were paid Sh52 million and Sh12.6 million respectively. The payment of Sh52 million made against certified amounts of Sh49 million resulting in an unexplained difference of Sh2.8 million. “In the circumstances, it is not possible to confirm that there was value for money for the project and efficient use of resources given the notable delay in implementation, wrangles and the likely cost overruns that are likely to impact the project negatively, thus affecting service delivery to the public,” the report partly reads. Busia set aside Sh44 million for the construction of a maternity and newborn unit at Busia County Referral Hospital, a project which was to take 12 months. A review of the project last year revealed that it stalled at 40 per cent completion with Sh31.5 million already paid.
SEE ALSO :Auditor General wants Ifmis splitAccording to the approved budget for 2016-17, some Sh2.9 billion was allocated to 10 departments to finance various development projects. But the county failed to implement projects worth Sh661.3 million. Meanwhile, Nyamira, spent Sh9.7 million on a terminal facility at Kabirigo Market, but an inspection revealed that road repairs were not carried out. Instead a road measuring 4.9km from Kebirigo to Bokimo was murramed. “No explanation has been provided by the management on why it did not enforce construction of the works against a few plot owners who have encroached on the roads. Consequently, the residents of Nyamira may not have received value for money invested in the project,” the report said. It was also not clear how Sh8.5 million was spent. Procurement documents indicated the county spent the cash on theatre equipment but payment documents show a laundry machine was bought. Of the Sh4.86 billion that was budgeted for, the county spent only Sh1.92 billion, 39 per cent of the budget.
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