(Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula (left) and CECM in charge of Helath Dr. Anthony Walela/file)
Bungoma county government officials have hit out area Senator Moses Wetang’ula over claims that the county embezzled Sh213 million for covid funds.
County executive in charge of Health Dr. Antony Walela and his Chief Officer Patrick Wandili said the statements by the Senator were malicious and only meant to cause undue emotions.
“We want to be categorical that no money has been lost because out of the entire money only 25 percent was used in installing the quarantine and isolation centers as directed by the national government ,”said Walela.
Wetangula had last weekend raised a red flag over the use of the 213 million shillings disbursed by the national government to Bungoma county saying the county had failed to account for its use.
“I have been moving around Bungoma and more surprisingly I don’t see anything that was done with all that money not even a single mask,”Said Wetangula.
He said every time he questioned the use of public resources in the county, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati attacked him and starts propaganda that he wanted to unseat him.
Walela and Wandili, however, clarified that the money was a conditional grant and the conditions had been set for very specific purposes.
“The 213 million shillings was conditional and specific for quarantine and isolation centers and we couldn’t buy masks or do anything because that was not acceptable,”Said Wandili.
The duo said it was impossible for any government to purchase face masks for its people because that was not manageable.
“Assuming a mask goes at 10 shillings and you buy for 1 million people daily, how do you even manage that, ”he asked.
He said they weren’t worried because currently auditors from national government were present and will give them a clean bill of health.
Wandili further blamed procurement bureaucracies as reason why they had not spent the entire money, saying they had ensured they follow the law.
The officials added that so far, Bungoma County had carried tests on 1,819 people where only 67 testing positive and two deaths having been recorded.