Auditor General flags ICT Hubs and 21 projects worth 39 million in Kibwezi East

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A past photo of Kibwezi East MP Jessica Mbalu. (Photo - Courtesy)

The Auditor-General has put the management of the NG-CDF in Kibwezi East on the spot over 3 ICT centers in the constituency and 21 projects worth 39 million among other issues. This is contained in the Constituency Audit Report of 2019/2020 Financial Yeat.

According to the report, the Fund management in Kibwezi East and Telcom Kenya signed a 3.5m contract for the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of internet access equipment at 3 sites in the Constituency. A physical inspection conducted revealed that there was no internet connectivity in the targeted areas despite completion of the installation of the equipment.

During the year under audit, a total of 137,367,724 was allocated for the implementation of 67 projects. A review of the project implementation status report revealed that only 3 projects worth 1,000,000 were completed during the year while 43 projects with a combined allocation of 97,303,267 were ongoing.

According to the Audit Report, the remaining 21 projects, worth 39,064,457 were not yet started, with two of them indicated as awaiting approval.

“Failure to implement the budgeted projects implies that services of equivalent value were denied to the constituents of Kibwezi East and may be indicative of weaknesses in project planning and implementation mechanism.” The Auditor-General in the report said.

Another expense flagged is the 3,000,000 to the PMC of Ndauni Primary School for drilling, equipping of a borehole, and distribution of water at a contract sum of 2,320,000. The borehole did not yield any water, despite 1,288,770 and 20,000 having been paid to the contractor and hydrogeological survey consultant respectively both totaling 1,308,770.

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