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Detectives based at Kangemi police station in Dagoretti sub county, have launched a manhunt for a suspect who allegedly broke into a church and made away with over Sh1.5 million.

In a bizarre incident that has left the clergy and congregants of Kangemi’s ACK All Saints Mountain View Church in utter dismay, the money they raised Sunday for development of the church disappeared from a drawer at the Church’s altar.

When the church elder John Wainanina and treasurer Elizabeth Njoki, went to the church to collect the money Monday morning, they found the doors ajar, which was unusual.

A closer look at the Lord’s table where bread and wine are consecrated, they were shocked to find it ransacked and the money that had been kept in a drawer beneath the altar missing!

They immediately reported the matter at Kangemi police station and upon preliminary investigations, it was  suspected that the caretaker of the church one George Mburu, who is believed to gone missing, was allegedly responsible for the loss.

He is suspected to have tampered with the church’s electric power to disable the installed CCTV system before making away with the congregants’ contributions.

Shocked members of the flock who reside close to the church milled around conversing in low tones, as they tried to come to terms with the disappearance of the money meant for the development of the community church.

They wondered aloud how the trusted custodian of the parish would resort to such unbecoming conduct .

Some were heard pronouncing curses at the suspect whom they declared shall never prosper “in his remaining under the sun,” while others called for his forgiveness should he resurface and repent his sins.

Meanwhile, detectives have launched a manhunt for the suspect who resided within the church compound, but immediately went into hiding following the incident. - The Star

 

Governors have not received Sh51.76 billion in arrears, being the equitable share of the revenue for the last two months.

The county chiefs have said the situation is dire and the Treasury had deliberately continued to withhold the funds making employees go without salaries and affecting the purchase of medical supplies.

Council of Governors chairperson Anne Waiguru said out of the funds, Sh20.31 billion was owed to 27 counties as allocation for August.

The remaining Sh31.45 billion, she says was the September allocation for the 47 counties.

“It is unfortunate that the third generation of counties has started on a bleak note due to lack of resources. We wish to inform the Kenyans that the Constitution and PFM Act requires the Treasury to disburse the funds on the 15th day of every month without delay,” she said.

“While we are cognizant that we are in a new political dispensation, as counties we are duty bound to ensure smooth and interrupted service delivery.” 

The Kirinyaga governor said they are concerned that, despite being in the transition period, the current financial situation was devastating.

Waiguru said the outstanding disbursement for October was Sh29.6 billion.

“The delays and unpredictable disbursements are a recipe for the accruing pending bills and negatively impacts service delivery,” she said.

Waiguru spoke Thursday during a CoG meeting at their offices.

The governors warned that several casuals at the counties risk not earning their pending salaries for subsequent months as they are not on the payrolls as required.

The directive by the Controller of Budget that all employees be paid through the Unified Human Resource Information System, they said, will see many locked out.

To resolve the issue, the council vowed to furnish the office of the CoB with the required information to facilitate payment.

The county chiefs also criticised the government's failure to finalise the unbundling, costing and transfer of some functions to the counties.

Through the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council, the council and the intergovernmental relations committee will lobby to facilitate the process.

They also called for the anchoring of the CoG secretariat into law, to support intergovernmental relations and ensure counties are fully supported to undertake their mandates.

“We note that in the new government structure, devolution is not part of the ministries as such modalities for funding the CoG is affected. We, therefore, ask the President to direct the Treasury to grant the council a vote for direct funding,” Waiguru said. - Felix Kipkemoi, The Star Edited by Kiilu Damaris

 

KAMPALA, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The use of digital payment systems in Uganda has grown considerably both for mobile money service providers and banks for the year that ended in June, a new report by the country's central bank said Friday.

The demand for digital payment services was mainly driven by a favorable policy environment, evolving consumer behavior, and recovery in economic activity, said the latest Quarterly Financial Stability Review, issued by the Bank of Uganda (BOU).

The value of internet and mobile banking fund transfers rose significantly by 98.9 percent and 164.5 percent respectively in the year to June, compared to the previous year, BOU said, adding that the value of mobile money transactions rose considerably by 37.6 percent.

"The BOU continues to implement regulatory and supervisory measures to foster safe operation and usage of digital financial channels, which is key to deepening financial inclusion," the report said. - Xinhua

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