CoG refused to grant access- Budget controller speaks of the frustrations she faced trying to access county bank statements.
The controller of the budget, Mary Nyakang’o has accused the council of governors for denying her access to the transactions that are happening in counties.
Speaking on wednesday, Mary revealed that her efforts to access the statements were met with letters full of threats from the governors.
She stated,” My office requested to be given access to transactions happening at the counties but the CoG refused to grant access to review the payment statements.”
“I will attach the letter with the threats from the CoG when addressing the committee on the issue so that you also see what I am talking about,” she added.
The controller of budget added that the governors know the guidelines to accessing payment reports but they are reluctant.
She stated,”We have general guidelines on what should be followed by counties but I don’t have binoculars to look into what people are signing or doing in the counties.”
Mary also decried that both the national and county government, have added more to the already standing public debt.
She stated,”Ministries, departments and agencies owe supplies and contractors Ksh80.28 billion. State corporations owe Ksh400.68 billion while counties are grappling with a huge debt totalling Ksh157.91 billion.”
Advising her was Narok senator, Ledama Ole kina who stated that she should write a letter to the senate, to allow for proper legislation to be followed while accessing the statements.
Ledama stated,”We have heard your frustrations and now you need to write to the Senate. The law will enable you to carry out a forensic audit to make sure only transactions requested are paid and that there are no diversions made.”