By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Aspirants for various positions in Mombasa County have come together to demand for an audit Report for money remitted to the County government of Mombasa by the National government.
Led by Jubilee gubernatorial running mate Annania Mwaboza, the aspirants want the incumbent governor Ali Hassan Joho to account for over 43 Billion he received since he ascended to power.
In a press Conference held at a Mombasa hotel on Friday, Mwaboza also wants Joho to show a clear record on how he has been spending the revenue collected locally.
He said though the county government collects a large amount of money as revenue no one knows how the cash is being spent.
“Kongowea market a lone the county government collects over Kshs 900,000 per day, now tell me how much do they make for a week, a month, a year and how much have they collected for the four years he has been in office.” Mwaboza said
Mwaboza also took issue with over ksh100 million set aside for Rehabilitation of Mtongwe ferry that he says has not been accounted for.
“Looking at the budget passed by the Mombasa County Assembly , 100 million was set aside to carter for the Mtongwe ferry but we all understand that the matter was handled by the national government, so where did the cash from the county go” Mwaboza wondered.
The charged aspirant further castigated governor Joho for not making clear the whereabouts of cash that is being remitted by manufacturers claiming its being diverted to Hassan Joho foundation.
Mwaboza added “The county government has also been receiving money from donors such as Danida, JAICA, Germany and many more others but who knows how much it is and where does it go”
In a quick rejoinder by the Mombas County Communications director Richard Chacha dismissed the allegations terming them as malicious and baseless.
Speaking over the phone Chacha accused the Jubilee Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant Suleiman Shahbal for maliciously dragging Joho in dubious wars.
“We are not answerable to Shahbal further more he is a visitor, he only comes here when the elections are at the corner. Let him ask those who live here he will get to know what we have done as a county but if he insists and he has time he can come over we shall conduct a tour for him on the projects” Chacha said
However, Chacha said they always respond to audit queries if any from the Senate public accounts committee.
Joho is reported to be away criss-crossing the Coast Region campaigning for ODM party. Joho who is accompanied by his Kilifi Counter party Governor Amason Jefwa Kingi yesterday addressed a Monmouth rally in Taita Taveta County.
According to Chacha who spoke on behalf of Joho, denied to have received any cent from donors as purported by their detractors.
“You see donors do not offer cash they implement projects and they have their own ways of following up their cash if there are any issues raised and so far there are none” he said.
He added that the county government has never set aside any budget for Mtongwe ferry as claimed earlier.
On the issue of Revenue collected, he did confirm that for the past four years the county has collected over ksh7.5 Billion though he was hesitant to disclose how the cash was spent.