Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has now written to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) George Kinoti seeking investigations into some financial malpractices at City Hall.
Governor Sonko’s Spokesman Ben Mulwa told the Star that the embattled governor wrote to the DCI on Friday, December 4, accusing some MCAs serving in the Budget and Appropriations Committee of pocketing Ksh 800,000 facilitation money for a trip to Dubai despite not attending.
“Payments from the exchequer were made to the respective bank accounts of the intended participants to facilitate their travel, as demonstrated in the copies of attached documents herein.”
“The Chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, Robert Mbatia and his vice-chairman Michael Ogada alongside other members, never traveled despite being facilitated with public funds,” Sonko said in the letter.
The chairman of the Budget Committee Robert Mbatia confirmed that he received Ksh823, 324 on October 23.
In a letter to the Chief Officer of Finance dated October 23, Mbatia declined the purported trip, noting that he had instructed the bank to refund the money back to the executive.
“Money was put in my account on October 23. It was Ksh 823,324. But on realizing the same, I instructed my bank to begin the process of sending back the money to its source and it was deducted on the same day,” Mbatia wrote to the Chief Finance Officer’s office.
Mbatia further stated that after consulting with the office of the chief officer for finance it was made known the money was travel allowances for a trip to Dubai.
However, the office of the clerk denied such claims telling Mbatia that there was no planned trip to Dubai coming from the executive.
“This was bribery. It was done to fix us. I never had a Visa or ticket but money was put into my account. My question is: How was the money requisitioned for? Was it approved by the Controller of Budget?” he added.
The Kariobangi South MCA also questioned the coincidence of the purported trip which came at a time when the County Assembly had approved the Nairobi City County Appropriation Bill, 2020 which Sonko declined to assent to.
He added that the source of the money was not adding up since the County has been facing a financial.
“Where did the money come from as we have had no cash flow. Were they (executive) spending from source or as it requisitioned from the Controller of Budget?’ he questioned.
The Budget chair said that he instructed the Standard Charted Bank, Kenyatta Avenue to return Ksh823,324 deposited in his account back to the sender.
“Since I will not be travelling. I wish to request your bank to return the funds to the sender Bank-account and the charges thereof deducted from my account.,” reads the letter dates October 24, 2020, addressed to Branch Manager, Standard Bank.
On November 3, 2020, the bank deducted the amount mentioned from the client’s bank account.