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Transport PS in tight spot over payments

Mercy Mwai @wanguamarci

Transport  Principal Secretary Paul Maringa was yesterday on the receiving end after he failed to explaining how the ministry incurred expenditure worth billions of shillings in the financial year 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Maringa (below) found himself in a tight spot after members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by Opiyo Wandayi, demanded that he gives details of all transactions at the ministry during the two financial years.

Committee members expressed disappointment with Maringa and accused him of not taking their work seriously.

Wandayi told Maringa the committee will proceed to write its report whether the ministry clears with the audit queries or not.

“The query remains unresolved. It stands unanswered because of lack of the relevant documents to support what you are telling us,” he said.

The decision of the committee came after Wandayi was forced to ask Maringa to leave the committee after he only provided a written response on the issues raised but did not produce the necessary documentation to support his claim.

The committee had requested Maringa to provide the relevant documents among them trial balance, journals and Local Purchase Orders (LPOs) of all transactions but he failed to do so.

This is the second time Maringa has failed to respond to the issues that date three years back. He told the committee that he needed more time to track the documents that are missing from the register.

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