Nandi Senator Kiprotich Arap Cherargei has directed Governor Stephen Sang to provide detailed account of over Ksh.40 billion the county received for the last five years.
In a letter dated July 24, Cherargei claimed that huge amount of money disbursed to Nandi County does not reflect in development across the County.
“In the financial year 2017/18 to financial year 2021/22 of your first term in office as governor you received over Ksh40 billon inclusive of shareable revenue, conditional grants, additional funds and own generated revenue.
This huge amount of money disbursed to Nandi County does not reflect in development across the County, your performance as a Governor in terms of development continues to be dismal and degenerating noting that the constitution 2010 has provided for structures to take you into account inclusive that of the senate,” wrote Cherargei.
Cherargei on Flagship Projects
The Senator, under article 217-218 of the Constitution, asked Governor Sang to provide status and number of payments done in several flagship projects including Nandi Cournty Creameries project, Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Pediatric Wing, and expansion of Chepterwai Nyayo Hospital.
Others are upgrading of the Kobujoi Health facility, expansion of Kapsengere Dispensary Hospital, expansion of Maraba sub-county Hospital and renovation works and expansion of Nand Hills sub-county Hospital.
“Under section 113(1l) county Government act, 2012 provides that budget should be based on annual development priorities and the performance targets sets by the county in the light of the above provide the following information: the total budgetary allocations to the projects, timeline of the completion of the projects, details of the companies awarded these projects, scope of works as per the contract, disclose other donors and the amounts of the money donated towards these projects and the compliance mechanisms on the projects,” said Cherargei.
Cherargei on Kiborgok Tea Proceeds
Further, the senator wants Governor Sang to provide ownership details and status of employees at the Kiborgok tea Estate.
On this, the Governor should also provide the agency agreement inclusive of Management agreement and the strategy in place to ensure more remittances to improve the Estate’s own source revenue.
Cherargei on Project Status
Additionally, the vocal senator revealed that out of the 1,415 projects in the budgetary allocation by Governor Sang between 2017 and 2022, 327 cannot be accounted for with most yet to be started.
“The non-completion of these projects does not give value for money for instance in the financial year 2019/20 46 projects had a total budget of Ksh.733,244.900 where Ksh.411,189,931 was paid yet no accountability of these projects,” he wrote.
On this, Cherargei demanded governor Sang to provide: the county annual progress report for financial year 2017/18 to financial year 2021/22, the projects verification status report for financial year 2017/18 to financial year 2021/22 and the status of projects including the occupation and usage and occupation certificate.
Cherargei on Own Source Revenue
While giving examples, Cherargei poked holes into the leadership of Nandi County Government under Governor Sang, especially in the collection of revenue.
He asked the Governor to avail details of the revenue streams of the county, service provider details of revenue collector on behalf of the county, designated receiver of revenue, bank details and all accounts operated by the County Government.
“The Intention of the retention accounts is to act as the insurance for the contract liability within a provided period on the projects, in this aspect kindly provide the following: the total amount of money in retention accounts for the county, the number of contractors that have money in retention accounts and state the projects that still have money in the retention accounts,” said Cheragei.
Cherargei on Funds
Also, Cherargei asked for details on funds including Bursary fund account, Health services Fund, County emergency Fund and County Liquor and Licensing Fund.
The office of Governor Sang acknowledged that they received the letter on Tuesday, July 25 but are yet to respond to the demands.