Senior Officers in the county ministry of health have been grilled over Ksh. 5.6M meant for the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) program across the 12 sub – counties.
The Health Services committee, chaired by Hon. Lucas Radoli had invited the County Executive Committee (CEC) member for Health,Mrs. Rachael Okumu, two Chief Officers, Directors and CHVs to shed light on the expenditure of the said amount.
This comes after a series of meetings that sought to unravel the puzzle surrounding millions of shillings meant to coordinate all CHVs programs including training and payment of volunteers in the fields.
It came to the committee’s knowledge that the community volunteers were yet to be paid their second phase between February and July, 2019.
The committee had also learnt that no single training program had taken despite the assurance by the officers in charge of the program that there were trainings.
Prior meeting with ministry Directors of CHV programs, the committee was told that Ksh. 2.5M had been spent on trainings of community volunteers across the county, a statement that was disputed by CHVs officials.
According to Mr. Chris Lumiti, the Director and CHVs Coordinator and his Deputy, Mr. Steven Anjeche, the funds were expensed and that there were documents to justify the expenditure.
The two officers were however tongue -tied when the committee scrutinized and doubted their authenticity. Most of the names alleged to be trainees had been faked by the said officers.
Community Health Volunteers chairperson, Mr. Bernard Ochanda had initially decried before the committee that health volunteers had neither been trained nor paid their dues since February with Mumias East and West being among the most affected sub counties.
Mr. Ochanda disputed claims by Mr. Lumiti that among areas allocated cash were community dialogue, Community Health supervision, Induction and CHV realignment.
The CEC blamed the ministry officers for not being sincere before the committee and urged them to be responsible and account for the said amount.
The committee chairperson, Hon. Lucas Radoli said that the committee will leave no stone unturned to ensure that there is sanity in the ministry and that the culprits would face the consequences.
His sentiments were echoed by the minority leader who is also a member to the committee, Hon. David Ndakwa and the vice-chairperson Hon. Auxilliah Shiranda.
The latter demanded that genuine supporting expenditure documents be availed before the committee.
The committee is set to write report to be tabled in the House.