The more you review the Joho proceedings at the Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi, the more you see that there is a malicious hidden hand fighting Governor Joho and undermining devolution.
Governor Joho’s Mombasa County Government purchased furniture worth Ksh9.599 million from a supplier it had not prequalified.
A simple enquiry to those who manage finances in Mombasa would have clarified this frivolous audit query. But the query found its way through the Auditor General all the way to the Senate Committee. A fundamental waste of time and resources. (Governor and team spent two days in Nairobi answering to these jokes instead of working for Mombasa residents)
It turns out, due to urgency, the Mombasa County ordered the furniture based on an approved prequalified supplier list from another government of Kenya entity.
For those familiar with the Public Procurement Laws and Regulations, this is perfectly in order and lawful. Designed to give a window for emergency supplies and curtail wastage. Government departments (known as entities in procurement law) routinely share prequalified suppliers, borrow assets from each other, loan money to each other and dispose assets to each other.
But an incompetent Auditor from Nairobi with a set mind and a hidden agenda, most likely working in cahoots with those with vested political interests to implicate and dislodge Governor Joho, decided to use this to attempt to nail the Governor and his government as corrupt.
It was a spectacular failure in the presence members of the committee including Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar Hassan who we are aware had read the audit report but failed to explore it’s veracity as required of his job.
Watch the video clip; committee member and Vihiga Senator Hon. George Khaniri dismisses the entire query as a fiasco and a waste of the committee’s time, much to the agreement of the Chairman and all members.