Mwakwaya Raymond Mwakwaya
Former Garsen Member of Parliament Danson Mungatana wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to extend its investigative arms to Tana River County and arrest those suspected to have looted more than sh.720m from the county government.
Mungatana was reacting on the Auditor General’s report on Tana River government released recently showing that sh725 million meant for development activities in the county cannot be accounted for.
He said EACC should be more vigilant and arrest all looters of the public money.
The Auditor General’s report on the financial year ending on June 30th 2015 particularly indicates that some projects allocated funds could not be located at all on the ground.
Some of the projects whose monies cannot be accounted for are the Danisa Onkolde foot bridge, land Cruiser Ambulance, ICT equipment alongside others.
The county officials also cannot produce supportive documents for allocated imprests spent on transport for relief food.
Addressing wananchi at Gatundu in Kipini over the weekend Mungatana said locals are at risk of being attacked by crocodile or swept away by storm water as they cross over at the Danisa Onkolde where the money meant for the bridge is believed to have been stolen.
He reiterated his call for arrest and prosecution of the officers implicated in the scam so as to restore public confidence in the national government.
The former legislator further said suspected looters should not be allowed to hold public offices until they are cleared of and they be forced to refund all the cash to the public.
Tana River is among the three counties in coast region that are being engulfed by graft allegations.
Kilifi County governor Amason Kingi is already getting the heat following the loose of ksh51m money believed to have been stolen.