The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kiambu Deputy Governor Denies Fiddling With Cash

KIAMBU Deputy Governor Gerald Githinji has denied claims that the county has misused money allocated by the national government. He blamed Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo of delaying the funds.

Githinji said they only received the money in September last year yet the process for releasing development funds, which took a long time, was completed in August and the money could not be spent that month.

He was speaking at PCEA Kabuku Church on Sunday. He was accompanied by Limuru MP John Kiragu. Githinji called upon Kiambu residents to be calm and accept to pay taxes and stop the ongoing demonstration over levies.

He called upon the youth to form groups and embark on irrigation projects. "The money for development came very late and with the Controller of Budget blaming us for misuse of funds, it is inciting the public against the county governments and hence it is acrimonious," Githinji said.

He spoke two days before a demonstration organised by Limuru Traders. The traders will protest tomorrow. They are accusing the county government of doubling taxes on market and lorry parking fees while they have not seen any development taking place.

"Every time there is public disquiet, we have to listen to the people and encourage public participation. We shall talk to the traders," Githinji said.

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