Meru, in the last Auditor General’s report, was the leading county in misappropriation of county funds meant to fight Covid-19. Governor Kiraitu Murungi, however, criticized the Auditor General’s report claiming that it was not practical to wait for the rigorous procurement process of PPEs when they were needed urgently.
Recently, it was unearthed that Meru county had contracted seven different companies to construct the Igoji Covid-19 center. This has caught the attention of EACC who will eventually investigate if there was embezzlement or diversion of the taxpayers' money when granting the construction tenders to the seven companies.
This move has raised a lot of eyebrows from Meru residents and they have expressed their disappointment in Kiraitu Murungi’s government, that instead of cutting down the expenditure following the auditor’s report, it is now doubling the expenditure.
Meru County Health CECM, Mishek Mutuma defends this move saying that they did that so as to meet the President’s deadline. He further stated that the high labor demand could not be sourced from one company since the companies also have other ongoing projects.
He refuted claims that the tender allocations to the seven companies were ways of milking the Covid-19 funds and that there are no sinister motives behind it. He clarified that this was done solely to hasten the construction project.
To prove his department’s integrity, he promised to submit all the procurement documents and will be able to account for all the transactions reflected on the documents when probed by the EACC.
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