By Nita Karume—
City Hall’s Ksh.48m expenditure on a beautification exercise ahead of the Pope as well as former US President Barack Obama’s visit in 2015 is under investigation. This is after the Auditor General revealed a Sh48 million overdraft in one of City Hall’s Co-operative Bank accounts.
The county public accounts committee is seeking to establish the disbursement of the money that was not captured in the budget and shed light on exactly what was procured to result in the Sh48 million billing.
According to Kilimani MCA Moses Ogeto, the committee needs to be provided with details on whether the money was captured in the budget as well as the person that authorized the expenditure.
The committee noted with concern that by withdrawing on credit, City hall attracted many charges in the form of interest, which continues to haunt the city to date. Others went on to question the logic and necessity behind the exercise, citing wastage of resources.
On the other hand, the county finance chief officer, Ekaya Alumasi defended the expenditure, saying the county had received authorization to spend Sh60 million by the National Treasury. This was on condition that it would be paid back as a grant. He further acknowledged that the money was not captured in the budget, but that payment of the beautification contractors had been prioritized.