MORE than 400 Transition Authority officers have been ejected out of their offices by governors. More than 600 officers had been seconded by TA in the run-up to March 4 general election to assist governors settle down after being sworn into office.
A faction of governors are reported to have ordered the officers, formerly in the Ministry of Local Government, to return to Nairobi. A source at the TA offices said Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Isaac Rutto (Bomet) and William Kabogo (Kiambu) are planning to replace the officers. The governors said the officers are perpetuating corruption in the counties by "sabotaging" them.
The governors are said to be in bad terms with accountants and have blamed them for drawing "unbalanced budgets". They say the officers failed to offer guidance on how to spend Sh9.7 billion allocated for the period between March and June. Last month, 24 counties with deficits were told to revise their budgets or else they will not receive funds from the national Treasury.
The deficit amounted to Sh10 billion. Mandago admitted he had sent back two officers to Nairobi for not following the law. TA chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi, Kabogo and Rutto could not be reached for comment. Last week, Rutto said he will surcharge an officer who had spent Sh1.6 million in advertisement.