By The Weekly Vision
The Governor of Murang’a County Irungu Kang’ata has exposed corrupt deals allegedly committed by his predecessor Mwangi Wa Iria. In a report, the governor claims his predecessor was involved in an irregular procurement of a transportation tender for fertilizer. The governor’s records indicate that Wa Iria’s administration paid Ksh. 7,168,241 to 2 firms in respect of transporting the fertilizer from the National Cereals and Produce Board depots to the 8 Sub-counties within the county.
However, a review of the procurement process revealed that the contracts were awarded through restricted tendering and no justification was provided for the use of this method instead of open national tender. In addition, the contracts for the two firms and the mandatory bidding documents for one of the firms could not be traced from the records while the tax compliance certificate of the other firm had expired by the time it was offered the tender.
The previous administration is also accused of misappropriation of Ksh. 4,909,702 for drilling and equipping of the Kiambamba Borehole at Muranjao Secondary School, Kambiti ward. However, according to a water quality analysis report, the water had colour and iron minerals were at a level which exceeded those allowed for domestic use. The report recommended treatment of the water to reduce the impurities.
During project inspection, it was observed that the community was using the water from the project, there was no evidence provided to show that the County Executive had installed a water treatment plant for the water which meant that the community is exposed to health risks associated with consumption of untreated water.