The Kisii County Government is under investigation for allegedly inflating personnel numbers and engaging in insurance fraud, according to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
This comes after Governor Simba Arati claimed that the county government employed phantom employees.
Arati claimed that despite having 82 vehicles, the Kisii County Government employs 256 drivers.
The governor further claimed that several of the vehicles had third-party insurance stickers despite being billed as having full coverage.
The EACC claims that it has started an investigation into fraud claims against the Kisii County Government as a result of the revelations.
The EACC has taken note of the serious allegations of ghost workers and fraud in the procurement of motor vehicle insurance in Kisii County and has taken up the matter for investigations. Persons found culpable will be dealt with in accordance with the law,” EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak said in a statement dated Thursday, September 1.
“The commission expects the governors to strengthen internal controls in public procurement, capital project management, staff recruitment and payment of pending bills. These are some of the high corruption risk areas,” said Mbarak.