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Publish City assets, Sonko tells Kidero

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko wants City Hall to publish the county assets and liabilities registry before August 8 poll. The Jubilee party candidate in the Nairobi governor seat race said the audit will strengthen accountability and transparency of county finances.

In a report titled ‘The problem of Nairobi County’ Sonko and his running mate Polycarp Igathe also said statutory deductions and penalties amounting to more than Sh4 billion have not been remitted.

“The list of assets and liabilities by the devolved unit is key in service delivery,” he said. The document heavily borrows from the Auditor General and Controller of Budget 2013/15 reports and says the county government owes Laptrust Sh2.8 billion, Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Sh1.6 billion and Provident Fund Sh620,000.

The Senator said a comprehensive audit of county assets and liabilities need to be made public before governors who will be elected on August 8 assume office.

This is even as counties are yet to follow a directive by Devolution Cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri the units set up committees to compile a summary of assets held by the governments.

In the framework, the committee is to consist county secretary, county commissioner, officer in charge of legal matters, chief officers for public service, information and communication, finance, public works and roads, as well as the head of National Police Service in the county.

“Assets should include those inherited from defunct local authorities, those transferred from the National government and those acquired by the county government since 2013, including all assets that have disputes or outstanding unresolved matters,” states the framework dated July 3. The framework said the team be in place 45 days to the general Election but most counties are yet to comply with 26 days to go.

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