Senate refers Garissa probe to EACC office
SEE ALSO :300 tycoons probed over Sh10b land grabIn the audit, Mr Ouko queried projects worth more than Sh148 million initiated by the county in the year under review. Up to six projects have stalled. They include the construction of a warehouse at Garissa Referral Hospital and beautification of Garissa town. The Senate committee questioned Korane’s administration for irregularly awarding a contract and paying for rehabilitation and civil works that lacked project completion dates. There was also no accounting officer’s recommendation or any other reason for the use of restricted tendering in the proposed extension of Kotile water supply to Alijarire and Hubi in Ijara sub-county. He told the committee the county opted for restricted tendering because of the emergency triggered by a prolonged drought in the county at the time.
SEE ALSO :Suspect faults EACC in graft caseThe committee further questioned the governor on a tender awarded for the construction of new sub-county offices in Garissa Township and Masalani town at contract sum of Sh275.5 million. According to a bills of quantities summary, prime costs and provisional sums amounting to Sh69 million for the construction of sub-county offices at Garissa Township were neither supported by recommendations of an evaluation committee nor approved by an accounting officer. Korane said the first interim certificates presented for payment by both contractors, there were elements of prime costs and provisional sums claimed. On employment of county staff, Korane said he inherited a bloated workforce of about 6,000. “I am considering redeploying some of them to be early childhood development education teachers,” he said
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