Embu county governor Martin Wambora is in a tight corner after details have emerged that he had instructed the Auditor General to halt Covid-19 funds probe.
Mr Wambora who is also the chairperson of the Council of Governors is said to have issued the instructions in his capacity as the CoG chair and has admitted the same to a Senate committee.
The governor was appearing before the Senate standing committee on health probing how his administration spent Sh153 million without work plans, budget or procurement plans for the pandemic.
Most of the Senators present during the sitting sought to know where the governor had gotten the powers to give instructions to the Auditor General to stop her probing of lost funds.
Narok county senator Ledama Ole Kina told off the governor telling him that his instructions were all in vain since the senate will also do a full probe on his county and how Covid-19 funds had been used.
Other senators asked the governor to ensure that he gets accountable since he was spending public resources which are open to scrutiny by different government organisations.
Wambora tried to twist his Statement little knowing that the senators had bought his initial statement that noted that his county operated the funds without the prerequisite legal framework.
The Auditor General had already given a report to the Committee noting that Embu county had not given any evidence that they had the necessary framework to operate the funds disbursed to them.
This comes at a time when many counties received huge sums of money to help mitigate the effects of Covid-19 in their counties from the National Government.
The Government had disbursed a conditional grant of Kshs. 5 billion to all the 47 counties aimed at bolstering the level of readiness in the health facilities.While making the announcement, Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe advised the counties to prioritize their needs in accordance with the funds provided.
He emphasized that “It is upon the County Governments to utilize these funds to safeguard the lives of the people and noted that counties should ensure that the local health facilities are well equipped, and healthcare workers are adequately catered for.”
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