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Mohamed Adan Khalif: The Face Of Mandera’s Crisis, Corruption and Mismanagement

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In the arid lands of Mandera County, where the needs of the people often outweigh the resources available, trust in governance is paramount.

However, recent revelations from the Auditor General’s report for the fiscal year 2022-2023 paint a bleak picture of mismanagement, irregularities, and outright corruption under the leadership of Governor Mohamed Adan Khalif.

This article delves into the findings, highlighting critical issues that demand urgent attention and accountability.

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Mohamed Adan Khalif Unable To Explain Unsupported Engagements and Expenditures

The Auditor General’s report uncovers alarming discrepancies in the management of public funds.

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Notably, Kshs. 69,322,000 allocated for National Police Reservists lacked proper documentation and approval from the County Public Service Board (CPSB), as mandated by law.

This raises serious concerns about the accuracy and accountability of employee compensation within the county administration.

Similarly, Kshs. 11,007,400 designated for goods and services expenditure, including repairs and hospitality supplies, lacked essential supporting documents such as procurement requisitions and post-repair inspection reports.

This lack of transparency not only undermines financial oversight but also calls into question the integrity of procurement processes under Governor Khalif’s administration.

Fiscal Mismanagement and Delayed Disbursements

The report highlights that Kshs. 2,853,547,563 in funds were disbursed late during the fiscal year, severely impacting the timely implementation of budgeted programs essential for the welfare of Mandera’s residents.

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Moreover, Kshs. 3,092,687,339 in pending bills were not settled as a first charge on the County Revenue Fund, contrary to regulatory requirements.

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This negligence jeopardizes the efficiency of future budget cycles and essential public services.

Legal and Regulatory Breaches

Governor Khalif’s administration is also implicated in several legal and regulatory breaches.

Payments totaling Kshs. 455,828,210 were made to entities like the Council of Governors and Frontier Counties’ Development Council, contravening the Intergovernmental Relations Act, which mandates that such expenses should be covered by the National Government’s budget estimates.

Furthermore, Kshs. 192,355,000 spent on medical supplies bypassed procurement regulations that stipulate procurement should be through authorized agencies like the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).

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Infrastructure Projects and Operational Failures

The audit report reveals numerous infrastructure projects plagued by inefficiencies and incomplete execution.

For instance, Kshs. 60,000,000 paid for the construction of box culverts at Hareri showed only 50% completion upon physical inspection, with no contractor on-site as stipulated.

Similarly, Kshs. 115,780,196 allocated for airstrip construction lacked documented technical support from the Kenya Airports Authority, raising concerns about value for money and project oversight.

Governance and Internal Control Failures

Internal governance and control mechanisms within the Mandera County administration appear woefully inadequate.

Issues such as the absence of a fixed assets register and reliance on manual payroll systems further underscore systemic weaknesses.

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The failure to establish a legitimate Audit Committee, as required by law, further diminishes transparency and oversight.

Conclusion: Urgent Call for Accountability

Governor Mohamed Adan Khalif has marred his tenure in Mandera County with systemic failures, financial mismanagement, and blatant disregard for legal and regulatory frameworks.

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The findings from the Auditor General’s report present a compelling case for immediate action.

The residents of Mandera deserve accountable leadership that prioritizes their welfare and ensures the judicious use of public resources.

As the spotlight intensifies on these revelations, stakeholders—from civil society to national oversight bodies—must demand transparency, accountability, and swift corrective measures.

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The future of Mandera depends on holding accountable those entrusted with its governance and ensuring that they use public funds to uplift, not exploit, its populace.

In conclusion, the governance crisis in Mandera under Governor Mohamed Adan Khalif demands urgent reforms and decisive action to restore public trust and ensure a prosperous future for all residents.


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