Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o has urged government to introduce a system that will mandate governors to produce clear assets and liability registers before the forth coming 2017 election in order to monitor misappropriation cases in the country.
Nyong’o, who was concerned about the gross misappropriation of fund by political leaders in Kenya, said during an interview at a local radio station that action should be taken against such acts, especially with governors who according to him are likely involved in the act.
He therefore suggested for governors and other political leaders to provide proper county assets and liabilities registers before they leave power.
“They must have certified asset registers of what they found and what they are leaving. People coming in may not find asset registers. Therefore, no one should think that they are almost leaving and can therefore squander county money,”
Speaking further, senator Nyong’o said without proper asset register done before governors leave office, governors from big counties like Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru can leave having sold county offices and land parcels. He added:
“Before, we were working with the Transition Authority to ensure there were proper registers of assets and liabilities in the county. This work was partially complete.”
On the issue of liability, Anyang’ Nyong’o said many Governors have debts due to services rendered to them. Also, that governors need to be audited. “Governors are owing a lot of money,” he said, “They have received services but have not paid,” and that the integrity of most governors has been questioned on several occasions from different quarters.
To senator Nyong’o, people could divert public funds to fictitious projects and tenders as a way of raising campaign money, hence national government must do something to quickly address it before the 2017 election. Nyong’o said:
“There is a tendency for people to begin spending without proper control when approaching elections. We have seen this happen even in the National Government. We should not see a replica of this in counties. While working in the Medical Services Ministry, I experienced a scenario where there was Sh2.8 billion bill, yet only 40 per cent was genuine. People were given fictitious goods to supply yet the money went to campaign kitties.”