Akaranga denies claims county owes Sh2.5bn

Vihiga governor Moses Akaranga has dismissed reports that the county’s debts have soared to Sh2.5 billion, instead putting the figure at Sh800 million.

A report by a 15-member adhoc committee probing the flow of cash is set to be tabled in the county assembly on Monday for deliberation.

The preliminary report of the committee put the debts at Sh2.5 billion while county internal auditor Johnson Ombaka had earlier told the special committee that the region had a total outstanding debt of Sh1.8 billion.

During the committee’s sittings that begun in early December last year, the transport and infrastructure department was broadly mentioned as a major cause of the Sh2.5 billion debts and an impediment to smooth revenue collection.

The committee heard that the department operated an illegal revenue bank account where it banked Sh5.4 million.