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BBI Ghost Haunting Trails

by Kwabe Ben

The parliamentary meeting this Wednesday afternoon witnessed war of words in a heated-up argument had ensued after Aden Duale, Garissa Township MP, raised a concern on funding of BBI.

As he urged organizing of a forensic audit to enable an understanding for Kenyans and fellow leaders on the extent that public funds were used.

Mr. Duale said Parliament ought to know whether the monies allegedly running into billions of shillings were public funds.

Thereby sought a statement from the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee regarding the alleged misuse and wastage of public funds on the push to amend the Constitution.

“It is estimated that over Sh30 billion was used by the steering committee, out of which Sh10 billion was used by the steering committee and the task force for public and stakeholder engagements exercises which was known as collecting views on the bill,’’ he said

Mr. Duale further asked the committee to investigate whether the public funds were applied lawfully and in an effective way in accordance to Article 201 (d) of the Constitution.

Adding on the concern that principal secretaries involved with the process needed to explain how the funds were used. In case it is deemed to be unlawful use then the holders of public office behind it be held accountable.

“Article 226(5) of the Constitution provides that if the holder of a public office, including a political office, directs or approves the use of public funds contrary to law or instructions, the person is liable for any loss arising from that use and shall make good the loss, whether the person remains the holder of the office or not,” he said.

The statements caused an uproar in the house of legislatures as the nominated MP David Ole Sankok seconded the statement urging for swift action in regard to the matter while Moses T Kajwang tried airing his views saw a clash erupt.

The occurrences forced the acting speaker Moses Cheboi to turn off the House speakers then discontinue the debate as the House resumed sitting with other matters.

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