Payback time as Mombasa County demands millions from Deputy Governor who decamped to Jubilee

The county government is demanding three million shillings from imprest and salary advances which Katana cannot account for.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders welcome Deputy Governor  Hazel Katana to the Jubilee Party at State House Mombasa.

According to the county government, between July 2014 and December last year, Ms Katana was paid Sh8, 928,093 as salary advances and imprest, but has not yet accounted for Sh3, 924,484, while Sh5, 003, 609 has so far been recovered.

According to the Daily Nation, a document by acting county secretary Alphonse Mrima, states Ms Katana was also advanced Sh1,139,842 on February 10, 2015, and Sh1,207,004 on December 1, 2016.

While some of the payments were authorised by Governor Ali Hassan Joho, the deputy governor is listed as having authorised most of them.

It is said on April 8, 2015, she received Sh624, 867 as imprest for a trip to France and on September 8, 2016, she was paid Sh648, 622 for a trip to the US.

ODM tribulations

Last week, Katana defected to Jubilee at a colourful ceremony attended by more than 2,000 Jubilee supporters in Mombasa Luhar Hall, and immediately declared that she will vie for the Mombasa Senatorial seat in the August elections.

“I went without salary for a whole year. I persevered abuses including being told I am lazy, an idler, stupid, unable to do anything, I cannot talk, had no voice and useless,” she said.

The deputy governor was temporarily ejected from her office during last year's Malindi by-election campaigns, after she was accused by the ODM leadership in Mombasa of campaigning for Jubilee.

Her official car was withdrawn and her office furniture taken away.

The same were later returned to her.

The county denied the claims of the deputy governor's ejection.

President Uhuru Kenyatta officially welcomed her into the Jubilee Party this week at State House Mombasa.

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