Governors spent more than Sh1 billion on travel in a period of three months, a report by the Controller of Budget has said.

The allegations of the extravagance could kick off a storm in the management of devolved resources, while raising fresh fears about priorities in the counties.

The travel costs, according to Agnes Odhiambo, the Controller of Budget, included air tickets for international travel for governors, county executive committees and members of county assemblies.

K24 has in its possession, a new report from the office of the auditor-general which has revealed gross misappropriation of funds in Machakos county.

According to the report based on investigations conducted during the devolution transition period of January to June 2013, some of the funds meant for development in the county could not be accounted for and may very well have been misused, with irregular procurements valued at over 14 million shillings being pointed out.

Machakos County spent Sh2.8 million at the funeral of former Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo, an audit has revealed.

And the Kenya National Audit Office has recommended that officers involved in the “irregular” expenditure be surcharged for the loss.

The expenditure includes Sh1 million paid by the Machakos Governor as contribution to the funeral expenses and a similar amount to hire a public address system from HomeBoys Entertainment Ltd.

The amount is recorded to have been paid to the governor who is documented as the payee — Dr Alfred Mutua.

Boniface Mwangi, the face of street protests in the last few years, has announced his “retirement” from activism.

Boniface is known for the various dramatic demonstrations in Nairobi against corruption, abuse of office by politicians. He was main organizer of the MPIGs protest last year, where Kenyans took to the streets to demonstrate against MPs move to increase their salaries. The protests have led to Boniface being roughed up and arrested several times.


The prosecution on Monday claimed it had evidence to prove that the seven witnesses who withdrew from the trial of Deputy President William Ruto had been bribed and intimidated to do so.

Trial lawyer Anton Stynberg said this explained why witnesses P- 0015, P-0016, P-0336, P-0397, P-0516, P-0524 and P-0495 withdrew their cooperation with the office of the prosecutor.

He made the submissions during the continuation of a status conference convened to discuss whether the witnesses could be summoned to testify before the International Criminal Court.

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto

The Council of Governors Chairman Isaac Rutto has claimed that the Jubilee government is engineering impeachment of nine governors and replace them with 'puppets'.

Following last week's impeachment of Embu Governor Martin Wambora by the Senate, Rutto yesterday took to his twitter handle to allege a plot by Jubilee, of which he is a member.

"So, #Narok, #Kirui, #Kisumu, #Bungoma, #Bomet, #TanaRiver, #Kiambu,#Wajir, #Embu #Governors to be impeached? Is Jubilee politically suicidal?," Rutto twitted.

A Kenyan businesswoman has opened a condom delivery business in Nairobi. Faith Ndiwa launched her business two weeks ago and has 15 employees who deliver condoms in motorbikes to her clients throughout Nairobi, as a cost of $3.50 for a pack of three.

Faith tells BBC she started the business after losing some close friends to AIDS, adding that most people are too embarassed to buy condoms from stores. "Most of them died of Aids because they shied off buying condoms," she says.

A Kenyan has been arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi with 440,000 libido-boosting tablets valued at Sh44 million.

Police said the man had illegally imported the tablets labelled Vega 100 from India without importation permit when he was arrested at the airport on Sunday evening.

He told police he intended to sell the tablets, each at Sh100 in the black market where the demand is high. He was detained by officials from Pharmacy and Poisons Board and police is expected in court Tuesday.

Users of Thika Road and other major highways, including the Mombasa-Nairobi highway, will soon be required to pay toll fees.

The money will be used to maintain roads. The levy follows the move to invite a consultant to advice on the modalities of operationalising tolling stations on key highways.

National Treasury, in a statement, said it is looking for a transaction advisor to guide the State on the various processes.

The consultant will advise and invite firms to bid for tolling tenders on major highways, including the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway and Thika Superhighway.

The Government is seeking more funds from Treasury to cater for the President’s travel expenses and other key operations in the current financial year.

The Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry also wants more money for rental space for officers, procurement of vehicles for missions abroad and personnel emoluments.

According to ministry officials, it would be impossible to cater for this through reallocation of funds from other budgetary items as is expected by Treasury.

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