Kenyans react after report reveals IEBC used nearly Sh700 million on food during elections

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, May 8th 2019 at 11:49
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A report by Auditor-General Edward Ouko has revealed that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) used nearly Sh700 million on food alone in its county offices during the 2017 General Election.

The validity of the expenditure could not be ascertained and there was also absence of a competitive procurement process for the catering services.

According to Ouko, the contracts were issued in breach of the Constitution, which demands fairness, transparency, cost-effectiveness and competition in the procurement.

Kenyans online quickly opined on the matter and many wondered how such a huge amount of money was blown on food only.

Kamenya: Walikula food of thought

Belinda Akinyi: French cuisine was flown in daily from Paris!

Tim Gitonga: Being a Kenyan taxpayer is not for the faint hearted. It's like an extreme sport.

Amos Mmbaka: The amount was used for training of over 500,000 polling officials training for atleast 4 days,training of over 150,000 security officers and meals the staff used during voting day.Do the math and you will understand.

Linna Nyaboke: Hahaha....chebukati kwani mlipika kuku ngapi kwa siku? Woooi.

James Washington: The theft and extravagance in public offices in Kenya is obscene.

Evans Otieno: Kwani kila mtu alikula ngombe.

Also, a red flag was raised over payments for the National Tallying Centre where IEBC is said to have paid Bomas of Kenya Sh70.5 million for use of its hall for transmission of results.

Ouko noted that a lower hiring fee was agreed in July 2017 but records revealed that IEBC paid the initial Sh70.5 million.

“Examination of records revealed that the commission paid Bomas of Kenya the amount of Sh70,495,162 vide voucher number 1196A dated April 10, 2018.

“Included in the payment were charges for security systems, accommodation for commissioners and hire of projectors which were higher than the negotiated contract rates,” he said.

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