It was probably one of the worst days in office for Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu when he appeared before the Senate committee to explain misuse of funds by his administration.
Governor Waititu was cornered by the Senate to explain how his administration allocated over Ksh. 1 billion to Statehouse functions, benefits for retired presidents, Free Primary education and South Sudanese peace program yet they are functions of the national government.
He was summoned before the Senate’s public accounts and investment committee to address issues raised by the auditor general on his county’s expenditures in the 2017/2018 financial year.
According to the Auditor General’s report, Kiambu county allocated Ksh. 973 million to the coordination of Statehouse functions, Ksh. 180 million to the administration of statutory benefits for the retired presidents and Ksh. 591 million on State corporations advisory service.
In addition, the Kiambu County Government had allocated Ksh. 58 million to Kenya- South Sudan advisory service and Ksh. 804 million on free primary education.
In his defense, Waititu insinuated that the report might have been interfered with to tarnish his name.
“Honestly, I want to believe that the committee will be neutral and look at these issues as they are and I am apologizing that we have such issues in the report but I don’t know how they came to my report.” Said Waititu.
The Auditor General, who was present, confirmed to the committee that indeed the financial report containing the controversial expenditure had been submitted to his office by the county.
State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita has since disassociated the presidency budget with the one of Kiambu.
“Just for the record State House does not share any budgets with the County Government of Kiambu,” Twitted Waita.
Waititu said the problem arose from “misuse of templates” of the national government by his financial department.