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Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 12:27 EAT
Homa Bay County Assembly clerk, Bob Kephers, has vehemently denied media reports that a wife of a senior official draws a monthly salary and allowances amounting to Sh600,000 from the county's acccounts, saying the allegation is "malicious and misleading." In a rejoinder to media reports, Mr Kephers noted that the payroll of the assembly cannot accommodate such salary and allowances for an individual staff member.
“That kind of salary is equivalent to what the deputy governor earns, which is in the executive and not in the assembly. Moreover, there is neither an MCA nor any senior staff at the assembly whose wife is a staffer in the same institution,” he said. Mr Kephers took issue with allegations that there was a scam of Sh400 million being investigated by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, terming it malicious propaganda aimed at tarnishing the image of the assembly by detractors "hell-bent to settle imaginary scores by inciting the public."
In his statement, he said EACC is engaged in its routine operations and this should not raise alarm as the body is constitutionally mandated to do so and is currently doing the same work in various counties across Nyanza. “Where would one get Sh400 million from the assembly yet it is a consuming unit and has no budgetary responsibility to execute development projects for the public? This is pure strategy by people with ulterior motives engaging in character assassination,” he said.
The official said the assembly received Sh800 million yearly, of which Sh560 million goes to recurrent expenditure catering for salaries and wages of 74 permanent staff, thirty casual employees and 120 ward employees who serve in the 40 wards. Sh215 million is set aside for allowances for the 63 MCAs and trainings, while the remaining Sh18 million is allocated for development of the assembly infrastructure.
He refuted claims that there are ghost workers in the assembly who are paid salaries terming it far fetched. “I also want to put it clear that no MCA has been summoned by the anti graft agency as reported in the media to appear for either interrogation or recording of statement, he added.
The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Homa Bay County