National Assembly’s Public Petitions Committee will sit on Tuesday over a claim retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration illegally spent Sh55 billion in the last days.
Consumer Federation of Kenya secretary general Stephen Mutoro claims the former regime spent the money between July and September contrary to Article 223 of the Constitution.
In a petition filed in the National Assembly, Mutoro said Jubilee administration spent the money without the approval of Parliament.
“The petitioner seeks to amend the relevant laws to bar outgoing administrations from spending any such public funds irregularly and make any other recommendations that it deems fit,” stated petition.
The COFEK Secretary General stated that the lack of accountability in the run-up to the transition from one administration to another was a matter of great concern.
Mutoro said he was concerned that Government spent the money at a time when the country was grappling with a huge public debt, high inflation and a high cost of living.
Article 223 also provides that government can also spend if a need has arisen for expenditure for a purpose for which no amount was appropriated by the National Assembly.
That need may be a natural disaster like floods, drought, a pandemic like Covid-19 or an emergency that cannot wait for Parliament to appropriate resources.
The committee will also consider a petition by Residents of Galole constituency who have sought Parliament’s intervention over delays in gazettement of parts of Hola Irrigation Scheme to facilitate expansion of Hola town.
In a petition presented by their MP Buya Hiribae at the National Assembly, the residents want gazettement of 2,000 acres in the southern and eastern parts of Hola Irrigation Scheme fast-tracked.
Residents of Galole constituency have sought Parliament’s intervention over delays in gazettement of parts of Hola Irrigation Scheme to facilitate expansion of Hola town.
It was initially used as a settlement scheme for thousands of Mau Mau freedom fighters and residents of Tana River in general in the 1960s.
The scheme is at the heart of Hola town and has over the years proven to be disadvantageous to residents.
This in view of the fact that it continues to block the much needed expansion of Hola Town, which is the headquarters of Tana River county.