Nairobi MCAs Launch Probe into Alleged Diversion of County Revenue

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Nairobi Members of County Assembly (MCAs) are initiating an ad hoc committee to investigate suspicions of county revenue diversion via a recently introduced system.

The Controller of Budget’s concerns regarding this issue have prompted the MCAs to take action, aiming to uncover potential misappropriation of public funds. The probe, spearheaded by Majority Leader Peter Imwatok, will also delve into reasons behind the county’s revenue underperformance.

Nairobi’s legislative body is responding swiftly to growing concerns about the diversion of county revenue. The Controller of Budget’s apprehensions regarding the misuse of public funds have triggered an immediate response from the Nairobi MCAs, who are taking the initiative to establish an ad hoc committee. This committee’s primary objective is to scrutinize allegations surrounding the newly implemented county revenue collection system.

The suspicions are rooted in the belief that this system may have inadvertently become a conduit for diverting public funds into private accounts. To address these concerns, Majority Leader Peter Imwatok has submitted a motion to create a 13-member committee that will thoroughly investigate the matter. The inquiry will not only focus on the alleged financial irregularities but will also seek to understand why Nairobi County’s revenue collection has been faltering.

It’s essential to note that the new revenue collection system was introduced by Senator Johnson Sakaja, who assumed responsibility for the Nairobi Revenue Authority following the departure of Anne Kananu. Kananu had played a significant role in the administration of the now-defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), established during the tenure of former President Uhuru Kenyatta. The MCAs’ decision to launch this investigation stems from the suspicion that certain individuals may be exploiting the new system to siphon public funds into their personal accounts while reporting artificially adjusted figures.

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