Gov’t Risks Losing Ksh360B in Stalled Projects Due to Political Differences

Kenya risks losing over Ksh360 billion in stalled projects across the country due to political differences.

The auditor-general Nancy Gathungu while speaking during a consultative meeting in Naivasha on Monday, November 2, said that projects worth billions of shillings have stalled in the country either due to lack of budgetary allocation or change in political leadership.

According to the auditor-general, most of the projects had been abandoned as a result of political differences and change in political leadership.

“We are concerned by the rising number of stalled project whose cost stands at Sh366 billion and many might never be completed,” she said.

Gathungu also put counties on notice noting that some were not handing over all their financial statements as per the law.

She further rubbished accusations that her office was acting on graft in the counties based on information from social media.

Housing PS Charles Hinga Inspects stalled projects in Naivasha. Photo/Courtesy

“We do background checks in all our investigations and we have never relied on social media to determine the way forward in graft cases,” she said.

On the multi-billion Gulana-Kulalu irrigation project, Gathungu said that they had conducted an audit on the use of funds following allegations of misappropriation.

“We have received a request from the committee of agriculture in the Senate on the irrigation scheme and we are working on this,” she said.

However, the Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakong’o admitted that the institution keenly followed debates on social media involving graft in the counties but was quick to note that this did not sway their decisions.

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