Team to table report on costly MCAs seats

Kisumu residents will this week know how the Assembly arrived at the decision to procure seats valued at Sh11.5 million.

The Assembly’s  Public Investment Committee and Public Accounts Committee were tasked with investigating into the procurement of the executive seats last week.

Vice-chairman Paul Okiri said a final report would be tabled in the Assembly this week following conclusion of the investigations.

“The committee members would sit on Wednesday to write their findings over the matter. We will give conclusive report and recommendations for action by the Assembly,” he said.

Investigations into the procurement of the executive chairs were trigger by an outcry from members of the public saying the price was inflated. Each Member of County Assembly seat cost a whopping Sh246,000.

  MCAs also questioned the tendering process. Nyalenda B MCA Seth Olale termed the procurement of the chairs as an outright theft of taxpayers’ money, arguing that the quality of the chairs did not match their actual cost.

“What surprised us is that a few chairs were brought to the Assembly chambers as samples by the leadership and not the contracted supplier. We demand that proper investigations into how the procurement process was carried out be done,” said Olale.

Kisumu North MCA Elisha Oraro had written to the PIC/PAC committee seeking clarification how the procurement of the furniture was done. Oraro said he acted following concerns from the MCAs and the public. He said the members would want to know if the supply contract was done within the Public Finance Management (PFM) Act.

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