Embu finance boss, lawyers fleece county millions

Embu finance boss, lawyers fleece county millions

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The county assembly of Embu wants Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to investigate corruption in the county executive’s finance department.

At the centre of the storm is Sh200 million that was lost during the reign of chief officer for finance Ruth Ndirangu when she was accounting officer. Ndirangu enjoys support and protection of Governor Martin Wambora.

According to majority leader Michael Njeru, Wambui irregularly made payment of Sh60 million for the acquisition of two parcels of land in the Mwea Settlement Scheme. Surprisingly, the land

parcels belonged to the county government and were not in private hands.

The county bought its own land parcels namely parcel number 4531 in which Sh23 million was paid to Njeru Ithiga and Co Advocates and parcel number 4045 in which Sh37 million was paid to Njue and Co Advocates. No individuals presented themselves as the land owners.

Ndirangu irregularly paid Sh22 million in cash after withdrawing an imprest to three officers involved in land demarcation at the Mwea Settlement Scheme contrary to Section 121 and 156 (4) (d) of the public finance management Act and Article 227 (1) of the constitution.

It has emerged, Ndirangu secretly operated an undisclosed bank account for the Runyenjes Level Four Hospital contrary to section 153 of the public finance management Act where she was a signatory as the accountant; a matter that was disclosed by the county assembly public accounts and investment committee. The secret account had Sh15million at the time of discovery.

Ndirangu is also linked to questionable pending bills worth Sh1.4 billion, contrary to section 162 of the public finance management Act and also failed to implement an approved budget on e-Revenue system despite having paid over Sh43million to three firms.

We have information, Ndirangu failed to submit reports to the county treasury and assembly contrary to section 164 and 166 of the public finance management Act as well as refusing to pay pending bills for the county assembly amounting to Sh22million contrary to section 156 (4) (d) of the public finance management Act.