Laikipia County Government could have lost up to 500 million shillings in fictitious claims by contractors and suppliers according to the ongoing audit of county expenditure.
Acting County Secretary Karanja Njoro says that out of the 908 pending bills inherited from the previous administration, 434 had no supporting documents, an indication that the contracts could have been issued verbally.
Appearing before the County Assembly Public Accounts Committee to answer to questions on alleged misappropriation of money at the county, Njoro had a hard time explaining how the Laikipia County Government could have lost up to 500 million shillings in fictitious claims by contractors and suppliers.
Surprisingly, nearly half of the claimants did not have any document to pursue the payments. Njoro told the committee that they inherited a bill of 1.1 billion shillings which they were expected to pay.
Daniel Mugweru, the committee’s chairman also questioned Njoro and Finance CEC Murungi Ndai as to why Governor Ndiritu Muriithi’s administration was dragging its feet in paying for services rendered to the county.
The audit though not yet complete has so far revealed that some contracts were paid money verbally and that cost of some projects was highly exaggerated.
Five officers from Infrastructure and finances departments have been interdicted and are being investigated over the possible loss of the money.