In September 2015 Kajiado was put on the spot after its governor, David Nkedianye, spent over Sh 2.5 million to purchase smartphones.
The amount was used to purchase smartphones for his executive committee members and chief officers. The revelation, at the time, was made public by Auditor General Edward Ouko.
Giving details on the same, Ouko said the county spent the money in buying 24 Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphones whose prices were “varying”.
Though they were purchased from the same entity, the phones came with different price tags; some were bought for Sh 90,000 while others cost Sh 80,000.
Around that September in 2015, the governor appeared before the Senate County Public Accounts and Investment Committee to explain why his county spent such amount on gadgets instead of spending on important projects.
The committee wondered why the governor went for expensive phones when a single Samsung Galaxy Note III costs at most Sh 70,000 in Kenya.
He was unable to convince the committee members, he was later invited to shade more light on the same again.
What political pundits are now asking is whether this case could affect his re-election in 2022. The answer is no.
The county CEO can order expenditure of any amount of money with proper procurement procedures and with the approval of the county assembly.