Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga has come to the spotlight after it was revealed that he diverted funds meant for the development of youth polytechnics in the county. Investigations reveal that the governor received grants to the tune of Ksh. 48,949,894 from the Ministry of Education for the development of youth polytechnics in the County.
Sources at the ministry of education divulged that the Nyeri County Executive transferred Ksh. 28,130,495 of the money to an unknown destination leaving a balance of Ksh. 20,819,399. Kahiga is now under pressure from stakeholders to explain what happened to the money meant for youth polytechnics and should account for it.
Investigations further reveal that the said grant from the Ministry of Education for the development of youth polytechnics was disbursed to the County Executive on 3rd March 2021. The governor is also under pressure to explain circumstances under which Ksh. 5,808,000 deduction from staff salaries for social security contributions and remitted to the National Social Security Fund never happened.
Payroll records indicate that the county paid staff salaries of Ksh. 3,620,664,500, Ksh. 3,227,388,439 being basic salaries of permanent employees. Further, the governor failed to deduct and remit Income Tax between 2020 and 2021. It has been discovered that Ksh. 4,500,853 that should have been deducted as PAYE was not deducted and remitted to KRA.
In addition, one employee who had earned Ksh. 1,599,753.30 for the 12 months was not deducted statutory dues because he had no PIN. The county also paid Ksh. 5,483,345 to 66 employees who had reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 years contrary to the County Public Service Human Resource Manual 2013, Section L.3(1) which states that all officers will be required to retire from the service upon attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.