By Irene Mativo
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has formed a committee that will audit and verify the Sh60billion debt owed to the county by suppliers.
This comes at a time when the governor stopped payments to suppliers and moved to court to allow the devolved unit carry out an audit of all pending bills owed by contractors and suppliers.
“The pending bills need to be cleared. However, the County Government would like to assure itself that the debts are authentic and figures are accurate,” said Mr Sonko.
So far ten members have received their letters to serve in the committee while he is still approaching others to serve in the same.
In a letter dated January 31, Sonko appointed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Director General, the Principal Secretary State Department of Public Works and the CEO of the Institute of Certified Public Accounts to the Committee.
Others are; Director General Public Procurements Oversight Authority, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims and the Auditor General, the Secretary General National Council of Churches of Kenya, the Nairobi County Clerk, Mr Erick Mutua and Mr Patrick Lumumba, the Director of Kenya School of Law.
According to Elkana Jacob, deputy director communication and senior press chief officer, the governor has also approached former police commissioner Hussein Ali, former DCI boss Ndegwa Muhoro, Swaleh Slim and former minister for roads and veteran politician Franklin Bett among others to join the committee.
“It has been decided that you will be nominated to the Pending Bills Committee. It is believed that the Committee will immensely benefit from the output of your organization,” reads part of the nomination letter sent to the individuals.
Through a statement, Mr Sonko said that those who have been appointed in the Committee are eminent persons of good public reputation.
They will be expected to verify and validate details of each pending bill and advise the Nairobi County Government accordingly.
“This will enable the County to pay the genuine claims,” said Mr Sonko.
Those nominated are expected to immediately respond to the Governor’s letter for work to commence.
Sonko said upon assuming office, they found huge amounts of pending bills that had accumulated over the years.
The debts are supposedly for goods supplied and services rendered to the previous administration and the defunct city council.