Details have emerged of Sh92 million procurement irregularities in Kirinyaga county that could worsen the woes of impeached Governor Anne Waiguru before the Senate.
The Senate has today voted to back the formation of an 11-member committee to probe grounds on which Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru was impeached. Out of the 60 senators who took part in the vote, 45 voted in support of the committee, 14 wanted the whole House to handle the matter with one senator abstaining
A report by the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) has lifted the lid on the multi-million tendering mess, part of which MCAs relied on to send Waiguru packing.
Her Senate ‘trial’ will uphold or overturn her impeachment.
The PPRA report dated May 27 details how the Kirinyaga Executive breached key procurement laws, sometimes settling on the highest bidders at the expense of the lowest bids and taxpayers.
The questionable contracts include a Sh19 million tender for the upgrading of Kagumo Market; Sh14.5 million to procure a top-of-the-range Toyota Land Cruiser Prado as the governor’s official vehicle and Sh8 million contracts for the supply of pharmaceuticals.
The other tender questioned is for the design, development, installation and commissioning of an integrated hospital information management system valued at Sh50.6 million.
Even before Kirinyaga MCAs moved to unanimously impeach Waiguru on June 9, PPRA had threatened to refer the county to anti-graft authorities.
“You are required to respond to the observations mentioned above by 15 June, 202o. Failure to which the Authority will finalise the report and take further action pursuant to Section 38(1)(c) of the Act,” PPRA warned.
However, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has launched separate investigations into Waiguru’s administration, including claims she was irregularly paid travel allowances amounting to Sh10.6 million.
In the PPRA report, a copy of which the Star has obtained, the Authority said in some tenders, the county settled on the highest bidder without giving satisfactory explanations.
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