Garissa governor Ali Korane has been accused of nepotism and ignoring national government orders over the payment of pending bills. In a court petition between a contractor, AinuShamsi contractors and the County government, the petition claims that the County chief has declined to pay the company whilst the national treasury has released over “700 million specifically for the clearance of pending bills”. The contractor, through its lawyer, claims that governor Korane has categorically refused to pay the bills certified by the AuditorGeneral and threatened not to pay any company that dares to go to court over Pending bills. It goes on to claim that the governor has only paid bills owed by his relatives and in complete contravention of the standard practice ordered revaluation of previous pending bills which is a waste of money and business time. AinuShamsi has accused the governor of impunity.
In North Eastern counties of Wajir Mandera and Garissa companies and individual contractors are reported to have been rendered bankrupt after spending their money providing services that the County governments have declined to pay for. Few weeks ago a nominated senator Farhiya Haji has raised concerns over the fate of Wajir contractors who have closed shop over local government unpaid bills, an action she said is hurting the entire county’s economy.
Corruption, impunity and lack of financial prudence has been cited by the AuditorGeneral and other agencies as the culprit contributing to huge pending bills in these counties. In a list released by the national treasury North Eastern Counties are among the worst offenders.