Senate Committee puts Former Turkana County Governor Nanok on the spot as audit reveals multi-billion shilling stalled projects.
The Senate has described Turkana as a crime scene with multi-billion shillings worth of corruption, as evidenced by scandalous projects effected by the county administration.
Turkana Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai told the Parliamentary watchdog inspecting the stalled projects that the financial discrepancies were caused by the leadership of his predecessor Josphat Nanok and urged investigative agencies to uncover the alleged corruption and bring those responsible to justice.
The committee unearthed the Ksh.800 million office of the Governor of Turkana yet to be completed and occupied, 8 years after the commencement of construction.
The contractor on site informed the County Public Accounts and Investments Committee (CPAIC) that the project’s initial cost was Ksh. 600 million but it was inflated by Ksh. 200 million more.
About 30 air conditioners costing millions of shillings were installed despite the story building lacking of electrical connectivity.
The next stop is the incomplete official residence of the Governor which is still under construction.
According to the Senator Moses Kajwang-led committee, Ksh.200 million was pumped into the project, followed by an additional Ksh.90 million.
“This is an official crime scene where billions have been corruptly injected through stalled projects,” declared Senator Kajwang.
Turkana Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai squarely blamed the leadership of his predecessor for the alleged corruption.
“It’s an issue we discovered as soon as we took over…There are other financial discrepancies in other projects too,” said the Governor.
Earlier this week, during the examination of audit queries at the Turkana County Assembly, Governor Lomorukai revealed that the Assumption of office of Governor declared a pending bill worth Ksh.7.2 billion in its handover report.
However, after verification, the eligible pending bills amounted to only Ksh.2 billion.
The former Turkana governor, Josphat Nanok is now Deputy Chief of Staff at State House after appointment by President Ruto.