Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has been the butt of social media jokes after Senate County Public accounts and Investment Committee raised questions over some lines in the county’s 2017/18 budget.
Some of the provisions in the budget indicated the county allocated funds for the coordination of State House functions amounting to Ksh 973 million, Ksh 180.5 million for administration of statutory benefits for retired Presidents, Ksh 591 million for the State corporations advisory service and Ksh 804 million for free primary education.
Even more interesting, the budget also had a provision of Ksh 58 million for the search for peace in South Sudan.
Waititu complicated matters when he denied knowledge of the allocations, stating they were deliberately put in the budget to make his administration look bad.
“I am refusing page 17 and 18. I do not know where those figures and accounts came from and you well know it is not possible for counties to finance any State House function because we do not have budgets for that. This is something that has been done without my knowledge just to make my administration look bad,” Waititu told the committee chaired by Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang.
He added that no money was spent since what was presented was a National Government template.
As Kenyans made jokes about the governor, State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita tweeted that they do not have a share in the county’s budget.
Just for the record . @StateHouseKenya does not share any budgets with the County Government of Kiambu.
— Nzioka Waita (@NziokaWaita) May 2, 2019
The committee now wants Auditor General Edward Ouko to conduct a special audit on the county’s finances during the period within 45 days.
“Considering the grave issues, we have raised on the audit report and accompanying financial documents, this committee directs the Auditor General to undertake a special report of Kiambu County government for the financial year 2017/2018 and submit the report within 45 days,” Kajwang ordered.
Here are some of the social media reactions:
Do you know what is more stupid? Kiambu people voted in Waititu just to get rid of Kabogo. Kabogo is taking this 5 years to improve on his PR. Now watch Kiambu people making the same stupid mistake of returning Kabogo just to chase away Waititu.
Mark this tweet.
— WaitheraK (@WaiitheraK) May 2, 2019
Let us not forget that it is Kiambu County through Governor Ferdinand Waititu that catered for flight, accommodation and entertainment expenses when South Sudanese leaders recently visited Pope Francis at the Vatican. Good work Baba Yao . Peace is vital pic.twitter.com/SwugbzqpSY
— Bishop of Hope (@NdegeSerikal) May 2, 2019
Kiambu is the capital city of South Sudan. Show Waititu some respect!!? pic.twitter.com/fyVMvq9aAm
— Karen. (@KarenOmollo) May 2, 2019
Waititu copied the national government budget and pasted to his Kiambu county but only forgot to edit???. Governor graduated with a commerce degree from Punjab university. If you also doing BCom we need to talk??? pic.twitter.com/TVCNYyckzg
— S•A•M•I•T•O?? (@SammyNks) May 2, 2019
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu a.k.a Baba Yao is not corrupt. They’re just trying to implicate him because of his relationship with DP Ruto. Time will come when the truth shall be revealed. Just check what @NziokaWaita has posted! Governor Waititu is accused falsely. pic.twitter.com/bgVXu82SmF
— Juma Odhiambo ?? (@Jodhis_) May 2, 2019
Former Governor @honkabogo handing over Kiambu County to current Ferdinand Waititu#MentalHealthKe pic.twitter.com/f2nSJjyNJR
— Tired Kenyan (@LusimbaLusimba) May 2, 2019