By Mkarimu team
The Kisumu County government is on the spot after it emerged there might have possibly been an outrageous expenditure of KSh 3.7 million on cows that do not exist.
The irregularity was discovered by Auditor General Edward Ouko was wary of the KSh 3.7 million allocated for the purchase of dairy cows in the financial year 2017/2018 during the tenure of Governor Jack Ranguma.
Reports indicate that Ranguma’s administration purchased 27 cows at a cost of Ksh 136,000 each but refused the current governor access to the cows.
However following the audit it was discovered only one cow could be accounted for.
The current administration has come out in defiance of the matter.
According to CEC for Agriculture Gilchrest Okuom, the county purchased a total of 27 cows at the cost of Sh3.7 refuting earlier reports that a single cow was bought.
He said the purchase was made during the regime of former Governor Jack Ranguma adding that his office has also found difficulty in tracing the animals.
He claimed that efforts to meet the families that received the said animals were met with resistance.
The county records reportedly show that each cow was bought at Ksh.136,900 and distributed to five sub-counties.
Okuom said Kisumu East received 7, Kisumu West 6, Kisumu Central 5, Seme 5 and Nyando 4 respectively in May 2017 that were allegedly supplied by Ahero Sky Top Enterprises.
Speaking to Ramogi FM, Okuom said the Kisumu County Government is continuing with the program and currently a total of 180 farmers in Muhoroni, Nyakach and Kisumi West have received animals.
He however assured that the program is being monitored to avoid wastage of public funds.