Nairobi County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board have distanced itself from the missing millions of shillings under investigation by the Nairobi County Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The Auditor-General has flagged over Sh427 million that was collected by the Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board ( NCCADCLB) in the 2019/2020 financial year out of which Sh150 million remains unaccounted for.
In a statement, however, the Board chairman Frank Mbogo said over Sh150 million under the audit query was part of the revenue that was collected before he came into office.
Mbogo was appointed in April 2022 after the then Board chairman Stephen Kambi resigned to vie in last year’s General Election.
The board chair has pledged to safeguard all revenue funds against misappropriation. He pointed out that under his watch, 90 percent of the nightclubs in Nairobi city had so far complied with Governor Johnson Sakaja’s directive on noise pollution.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Governor Sakaja for spearheading the initiative and bringing sanity back in residential areas,” said Mbogo.
On Wednesday, February 8, 3023 Nairobi County Assembly Public Accounts Committee put the Board to task to explain how it spent over Sh427 million in revenue collected in the 2019-2020 financial year.
A report by Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu released in October 2022 indicates the county liquor Board only submitted vouchers for up to Sh275,113,746 which was collected during the year under review.
The amount represents 91 percent of the total expenditure.
During the grilling session, PAC chairman Chege Mwaura (Ngara Ward) sought answers from former liquor Board director Hesbon Agwena, on how Sh152 million was spent, yet it was supposed to reflect as a balance in the County Revenue Fund account.