State House comptroller addresses Ksh869 million NMS payment for the construction of medical facilities in Nairobi during Uhuru Kenyatta regime.
The National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) questioned State House Comptroller Katoo Ole Metito on Thursday regarding the payment of Ksh869 million to a medical company for projects in Nairobi.
The payments were made by the Office of the President for the development of medical facilities in Nairobi under the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) under the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
MPs, led by the committee’s chair John Mbadi, had questioned why the Office of President had paid the company yet it had not completed the construction of 19 hospitals in the city.
The State House comptroller in his response confirmed that the company was paid before the completion of the NMS projects.
The majority of the projects, he stated, had already been completed, and only three medical facilities remained to be finished.
According to Metito, plans have already been established at the highest level to guarantee that the facilities will be completed and ready for use on schedule.
“I wish to state that as of August 15, 2023, eight Level Three health facilities and eight Level Two hospitals had been completed and operationalized,” he confirmed to the Committee.
The State House official was also questioned over the pending bills at the OP which stands at over Ksh15.9 billion.
The auditor’s report revealed that out of the pending Ksh15.9 billion bills, Ksh14.8 billion were related to NMS.
State House, on the other hand, has pending bills amounting to Ksh1.1 billion.
The majority of the NMS pending bill involves payments for the various development works that were done by the defunct NMS which took over a number of roles from the county government on February 25, 2020.
“Metito in his response noted that part of the pending bills had been settled noting that the delay was occasioned by budget cuts by the National Treasury,” Parliament reported.