Why Oparanya risks being jailed

Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya risks being jailed over financial malpractices facing his county.

This is after the Senate County Public Accounts and Investment committee on Monday, adopted and confirmed all the recommendations by the Auditor General in the 2013/2014 report.

The impact of the decision is that the governor alongside all those adversely mentioned in the auditor general’s report will be held responsible for failure to prudently use public funds.

Prof John Lonyangapuo who chaired the session said the governor had failed to appear before the committee and they must close the matter and move on to other pending business.

“All governors have appeared before this committee and have responded to the queries as raised by the auditor general,” said Prof Lonyangapuo.

He added: “It is unfortunate that Mr Oparanya has totally refused to appear. He should know that the people of Kakamega County have a right to know where the money went to.”

Senators Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu) and Liza Chelule (Nominated) said the governor is not above the law and should be held responsible.

The members said they will write to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Department of Criminal Investigations and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to pursue the county officials.

The governor was also expected to appear before the committee on Thursday to respond to the 2014/15 expenditures.

Some of the issues raised by the Auditor General include misappropriation and irregular diversion of county funds, lack of documentation to support spending of county funds and contravention of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.

There were also no proper records of debtors and evidence of efforts to recover lost money that is over So 10.2 million according to the auditor general’s report.

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