November 23rd 2017

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Machakos resident wants Mutua's cabinet nominees rejected over corruption

Mr Mutiso alleges the two nominees, who served in the previous government in various dockets, are unfit to hold public offices owing to their alleged involvement in corruption, abuse of office and inefficiency.

By Mutinda MulwaMonday, 23 Oct 2017 13:18 EAT

A Machakos County resident has filed petitions challenging the nomination of two individuals whose names have been forwarded by Governor Alfred Mutua for consideration as county Executive Committee Members (ECMs).

In two separate sworn affidavits, the petitioner, Charles Kyalo Mutiso has urged the County Assembly, which is vetting various nominees to the county cabinet to reject Mrs Naomi Mutie and Faith Wathome who have been proposed to head Water and Irrigation; and Education, Youth and Sports dockets respectively. 

Mr Mutiso alleges the two nominees, who served in the previous government in various dockets, are unfit to hold public offices owing to their alleged involvement in corruption, abuse of office and inefficiency.

The petitioner also claims both Ms Mutie and Ms Wathome never applied for the positions they previously served in, and were never vetted for, and were therefore never competitively recruited for.

The petitioner has rekindled a debate over loss of Sh142 million donor funds reportedly given out by DANIDA to fund health programs within the county when Ms Mutie was the ECM for Health, claiming she was ‘deeply involved’ in the scam and, or did not take action against the culprits.

“The individual character and professional shortcomings of the nominee are such that they render her unsuitable for consideration for appointment, and vetting her is unnecessary waste of the assembly’s precious time, resources and energy,” Mr Mutiso said in his petition.

The petitioner claimed Ms Mutie drew part of the money well aware that it was irregular, unprocedural and illegal conferring herself a benefit by way of corruption and covering up for the same through fictitious and creative accounting.

Mutiso further raised concerns over the purchase of 80 ambulances by the county government, saying there was no competitive bidding prior to the exercise. “The ambulances were purchased without any competitive bidding and were substandard and did not have sustainability plan and were supplied unprocedurally and without budget,” he said.

A similar petition was also filed against Ms Wathome, who is the nominee for Education, Youth Affairs and Sports.

The nominee is accused of having presided over the construction of Machakos Stadium during her tenure as the ECM for Tourism and Sports, which was never budgeted for. “Despite the project running into hundreds of millions of shillings, the said stadium was never budgeted for, is substandard, did not factor public participation and the same involved massive corruption inception to completion,” said Mutiso.

The Machakos Peoples Park, a recreational facility built during her tenure also came under focus with claims it was never budgeted for, and that numerous contractors who took part in its construction have not been paid up to today.

“In the year 2015 the ECM solicited and personally received sh 2 million in cash as payment for stadium use from the organizers of Masaku Sevens Rugby tournament which is irregular, illegal and uprocedural,” said the petitioner.

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