Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos was on Thursday grilled by the Senate Public Accounts and Investment committee over the audit queries raised by the auditor general.
The Committee chaired by Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang raised serious concerns over Sh13 million payment in respect to casuals.
Governor Tolgos was put to task over alleged breach of public financial management regulations in hiring casuals without the approval by the County Public Service Board.
In his defense, Governor Tolgos said the casuals were temporary people engaged for short term duties, from time to time.
“By the end of this session you must have told us how many workers you have in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Database(IPPD), outside IPPD and anywhere else,”said Kajwang.
The Committee also queried why the County Government paid an amount of Sh12 million fraudulently as part of staff salaries.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who was at the grilling as an interested party, wanted to know if the governor had taken any measures over the doctoring of the payroll for fraudulent payments.
“On this staff who fraudulently stole Sh12 million, I want to confirm that the said officer, Mr Tanui, who was our payroll manager seconded by the Transition Authority, was dismissed and the case is before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations,”Tolgos responded.
The Governor said they had gone a step ahead and filed a case in court to recover the funds.
The Committee also demanded answers over the ballooning wage bill which rose to 51 per cent of the total revenue exceeding the recommended 35 per cent.
Also in question were stalled projects including the governor’s residence and a pavilion at Kamariny stadium.