Sonko’s Sh96m budget exposed
SEE ALSO :City Hall on the spot over title deedsThe committee voted to scrap the secret budget after failing to get satisfactory answers on how the money had been spent. Officers who appeared before the Jayendra Malde-led committee could not explain what the Sh96 million was meant for even as it emerged that the budget was never approved by the county assembly. Committee vice-chairman Moses Ogeto sought to know how Sonko was allocated the budget yet according to the law, a confidential budget was only allocated to a president subject to approval by the Interior ministry. “We want to know who approved it and when this confidential budget was allocated because, as far as we can tell, it goes against the law,” said Mr Ogeto. Sonko, however, was unperturbed as he defended the budget. He said the money was meant to facilitate the smooth running of various departments under his office.
SEE ALSO :Sonko in trouble for snubbing senatorsCounty Fleet Manager Dominic Odera could also not justify why Sh180 million had been allocated towards fueling and lubrication of the governor’s vehicles. Mr Odera said Sonko was using vehicles meant for the deputy governor or those pulled from departments under his office. “By law, the governor is entitled to only five cars, but some of the additional cars are drawn from other sectors. Since the governor is the overall authority, the officers cannot restrict him and we have to fuel all the 12 vehicles plus those that escort him,” said Odera. Nominated MCA June Ndegwa termed the budget as exaggerated and pointed out that each department under the governor’s office had also proposed a fuel budget. In his rejoinder, Sonko admitted that he had a convoy of 12 vehicles, but said that only two of the vehicles were government-issued. The rest, he said, were personal and were intended to beef up his security.
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