Kitui West NG-CDF on the Hot Seat Over Delay in Implementation of Over 100 Projects worth 49 Million

Kitui West constituency NG-CDF has been put on the spot over a high number of stalled and delayed projects. According to an audit report from Auditor General, 101 projects for the 2019/2020 financial year had not been implemented hence arousing suspicion as to why they had not commenced.

“145 projects with a combined budget of 87,273,074 were planned for implementation during the year. However, 101 projects had not commenced,” a statement from the Audit report read in part.

According to the auditor general, delay in implementation of projects hinders effective service delivery to the residents.

In the implementation of emergency projects, the auditor general noted that 5,540,815 was paid on emergency projects that had some anomalies. 800,000 was disbursed to construct a classroom at Mwatate Primary School but the value of money for the expenditure on the project couldn’t be accounted for since the school didn’t have a title deed for the land in which the project was implemented.

The Audit also found anomalies on 266,000 used in supply, branding, and delivery of hand washing tanks with tap stand and a basin, and also 796,875 for the supply of 250-liter hand washing tanks to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“The suppliers were identified through direct procurement method although the conditions for the use of the method as provided under section 103 of Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015 had not been met. In addition, management did not provide any evidence that the tanks were received in stores and on how the hand wash tanks and the water tanks were distributed,” the auditor general noted.

The contract for the completion of a dormitory at Kauma Secondary School was indicated to be complete and the contractor paid the full contract sum. However, an audit inspection in February 2021 revealed that painting works valued at 52,000 and flooring and tiling works costing 346,400 which were part of the awarded bill of quantities had not been done.

No explanation was provided for the omissions,” a statement from the auditor general stated.

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