-The annual Devolution Conference kicked off on Tuesday 7th March in Naivasha.
-The conference was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and was attended by members of the Council of governors, government officials among other delegates.
The last Devolution Conference before the August elections started on Tuesday 7th March at the Kenya Wildlife Training Institute in Naivasha.
However, this year’s conference started on a low key unlike others held in the past, owing to non remittance of contributions by governors from various counties.
Uasin Gishu county has been named as one of the top counties that failed to submit Ksh 2 million to the Council of Governors to facilitate the activities and other expenses incurred during the conference, whose budget was Ksh 150 million.
Several county officials from the defaulting counties were denied access to the conference venue.
Mandago, who has been in Nairobi trying to fight his case at the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) in order to get the required clearance ahead of party primaries, was mentioned as one of the governor’s whose counties did not make the payments due, thereby locking out his county officials from the important event.
The county administration under the office of Finance indicated that the monies were disbursed for this purpose, but how the money was spent remains a mystery as it was meant to be delivered to the Council of Governors for the conference.
At the same time, Mandago summoned his Finance team to Nairobi after the press reported the high level of corruption going on in the county.
The team includes:
“Perhaps more shocking is that one of the counties gave the Council of Governors (CoG) a Sh2 million cheque, which bounced.” (The Standard)
Other counties that failed to remit their contributions were Lamu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Mandera, Baringo, Mombasa, Embu, Laikipia, Tana River, Migori, Isiolo, Kericho, Kilifi and Kwale.
This comes after Mandago and his team requested for an extra Ksh 500 million meant for roads, but his Deputy Daniel Chemno gave contradicting information that the money was not meant for roads but to complete other unfinished projects in the county.
The EACC last week received a letter from Uasin Gishu residents who petitioned the Wabukhala team to reject Mandago’s request to be cleared until his corruption cases are sorted out.