Sometime in November last year, writer Dikembe Disembe disagreed with Gov. Alfred Mutua’s development strategy. To Dikembe, Mutua was hiding something. The manner in which he was doing things reeked a big lie. In a country of Laws, the speed of doing things is often slow. The reason for this is to ensure the laws are followed. That corruption is limited.
So Dikembe wrote then:
“Maybe, Gov. Mutua should tell us more about this Machavibe. Maybe, he shouldn’t. Who cares? But for posterity, and the fact that Senator Muthama, also a ‘duly elected right-thinking adult’ thinks he should, so we must prod. But remember, this writer has been around for a short-while; just two decades and may not be much compelling in his understanding of these things.
Gov. Mutua is a child of media publicity stunts. He is a product of the zinger, of the political soundbites that heralded this tragicomedy of now. He built the art of government propaganda to the stratosphere. When his predecessor, one Muthui Kariuki took over, it was not long before he was summarily fired (redeployed) and the whole institution that Mutua had taken half a decade building finally shut down. This man, Alfred Mutua, is a media colossus.
Because we are asking Mutua to tell us more about his machavibe at our own peril, we need to be conscious that others â€“ I here mean those ‘development-minded’ than us â€“ may not want the story, the nitty-gritties of Mutua’s machavibe. All they want is simple: Are the skyscrappers rising?
I must confess something. On machavibe, Senator Muthama and myself are strange bedfellows. Maybe we are seeing something you are not seeing. Maybe we are just selfish. Maybe we are so stuck in the umbiliCORD that we see everything wrong with every move in the ‘right direction’ that Gov. Mutua is taking to so far. Maybe.” Read it here; but now, may be, Dikembe has been proven right. Mutua flouted rules. Mutua broke Laws and the Auditor-General is now revealing what Mutua’s critics knew all along: Machavibe was media relations gimmick!
Here is part of the Auditor-General’s summary:
Mutua bought Subaru outbacks forÂ 26 million which are registeredÂ under personal names and not theÂ countyÂ Govenor Alfred Mutua walked intoÂ his office with 156 staff withoutÂ having done human resource auditÂ or engaging CPSB.Â Gov Alfred Mutua paid 500K
forsomething called -expenses forÂ French investors & mobile toiltes &Â tents worth 258,500. noÂ receipts attached
In 3 months # MachakosCounty hadÂ 14 million Ksh irregular payments.Â 500K was used to ‘decorate’ theÂ Governors lawn in #MachakoscountyÂ Auditor-Generall says there is noÂ supporting documentationÂ Governor Alfred Mutua purchased #Â Subaruoutbacks totaling 26 miillionÂ Ksh, they are registered underÂ personal names and not theÂ COUNTY.
Between April-June 7.5 million KshÂ were withdrawn as -CONFIDENTIALÂ VOUCHER-Auditor general says theÂ county has not accounted for that.Â The auditor general report sayÂ Machakos County runs 6Â ‘confidential accounts’ the GovernorÂ has a budget line-CONFIDENTIAL Voucher.