A financial report by Auditor-General Edward Ouko has revealed Kakamega County to be one of the most corrupt and wasteful.
The report, which was posted on the Auditor-General’s office online portal, details a budget allocation of Sh1.02 billion for 581 projects and how it was spent.
The projects, said to be across 13 sub-counties between 2013 and 2015, only had 31 percent completed absorbing KSh 405 million.
Sixty-one percent of the remaining project, totalling KSh 624 million, happened to not have been implemented with part of the money already paid out.
Projects worth KSh 425 million have either stalled, been abandoned or are sub-standard but regarded as complete.
Roads in the county including Nakumatt-Daisy Maraba Primary road, Kakamega High School Road, and Akamba Loop whose total construction and rehabilitation cost was estimated to be Sh26 million are abandoned with contractors having already received KSh 17 million.
The audit report also investigated regulations surrounding the awarding of projects to contractors.
It found that 21 contractors were allocated between two and eight projects valued at between Sh4 million and Sh16 million. Those works cumulatively cost the county KSh 218 million and have either stalled or are substandard.
In the education sector, the report also found misappropriation of funds meant for students.
KSh 22 million was allocated to the county’s technical training facility for students tuition at Sh15,000 per student with no records for beneficiaries nor records of how the beneficiaries were arrived at even though the money was paid out.
In another instance, three secondary schools were allocated development funds totalling Sh20 million, yet physical verification of the intended developments shows there has been no groundbreaking.
Kakamega County will be forced to explain blatant misappropriation of funds as revealed by the report. Sectors affected in Kakamega County also include the health and education sectors.