Devolution has been cited to be a source of numerous benefits to county governments. Many counties have developed to levels never seen before through various development programs and policies. However despite progress achieved by county governments, there has been many corruption cases being reported from various counties for instance Nairobi, Kirinyaga and Busia. Some governors have been accused misusing public funds making it difficult for counties to develop. The following are some of the governors who have been found in various controversies in managing their county governments.
The Kirinyaga county governor has been the centre of many controversies even before stepping into the county office. While serving under the NYS, she was accused of a graft scandal of over Kshs 790 million. This made her fired from the job and later became the governor of Kirinyaga contrary to the expectations of many Kenyans. She has since then been accused of mishandling various public funds. Many projects in her county has been reported never being completed in due time or never started due to this. During her impeachement motion, it was reported that many hospitals were in pathetic conditions due to corruption and lack of goodwill from Waiguru in developing them. Many citizens severely complained of poor services under her leadership something that led to her impeachement by the MCA' s
The Migori governor has reached out to EACC several times due to graft cases. He has severally been accused of many scandals especially during his second term in office. The graft scandal that left many people upset was that which involved around Kshs 73. 4 million. This was the scandal where his children were accused of taking over Kshs 34. 5 million, turning the office into a family business. Obado has been accused benefitting his companies in many county functions by awarding them many tenders. However he has been safe recently due to BBI politics when he vowed to support it.
The Busia county governor has been on the radar of EACC since the graft bill of Kshs 8 million. In the case, the governer was accused spending the funds in Germany for leisure instead of using it on county affairs. Busia county residents have severally complained over poor services especially in the health sector. There has been several strikes that have been in the county by doctors over his failure to strongly stand on their demands.
Despite county governments achieving some progress in management of various public functions, there is need to ensure accountability is taken seriously by governors. The national goverment should put in enough measures to ensure governors don' t misuse funds allocated to them. The auditor general should also pursue frequent audits in the counties to ensure that finances are used well as planned.
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