The Auditor General, Edward Ouko, has put Kisumu County Government to the limelight for a controversial 3.7 million shillings allegedly spent on the purchase of dairy cows.
The money allocated in the financial year 2017/2018 for the purchase of 27 dairy Ayrshire cows by the Kisumu County through the Department of Agriculture could not be accounted for according to Mr.Ouko since the County Government only availed one cow during the audit.
26 other dairy Ayrshire cows could not be traced and neither could the vehicle used to transport the animals alleged to have been delivered on May 2017 as it details were not recorded according to the report which is a requirement.
Mr.Ouko also questioned the manner in which the tender selection was done as other bidders who lost the tender award were not informed as required by the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act 2015.
The Auditor General’s report stated that the list of the cow beneficiaries released to them had no evidence that the farmers actually received them as is protocol.
Kisumu County CEC for Agriculture, Gilchrest Okuom, however, disputed the report saying the County had purchased 27 cows at 3.7 million shillings and not one cow as presumed by the report.
The Kisumu CEC was however at pains to explain why the other 26 cows could not be presented to the Auditor General. CEC Okuom also noted the purchase had been done during ex-Governor Jack Ranguma’s tenure and his office too had difficulties tracing the purchased animals worth the 3.7 million shillings. Okuom said his office was met with resistance when he tried to meet the families said to have received the cows.
Kisumu County records show that each of the alleged 27 cows cost 136,900 shillings and were distributed in five sub-counties within the County where Kisumu East received 7, Kisumu West 6, Kisumu Central 5, Seme 5 and Nyando 4 respectively in May 2017.
The cows were allegedly supplied by Ahero Sky Top Enterprises which has no website detailing its activities.
Kisumu Ex-Governor Ranguma is yet to come out publicly on the matter as what could be a continued supply of ghost cows in the County continues.