The Busia County Government has said that the police are investigating the Wednesday 2 am fire that destroyed crucial documents in the Finance Department.
A statement by the County Government posted on Twitter indicated that the fire only destroyed one room.
The county assured the public that everything is under control and all the destroyed files had a backup.
The County Government said the cause of the fire is still unknown.
There has been fire incident at Governor’s office which was controlled by fire brigade and only one room was affected.Investigations by relevant authorities are ongoing.We assure the public that everything is under control and all destroyed files are backed up.@citizentvkenya pic.twitter.com/m3BDcfwPIq
— County Government of Busia “040” (@of_busia040) September 25, 2019
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said: “Only the finance office was affected by the fire. We are still waiting for officials from the department to inform us on the severity of the fire and the documents that may have been destroyed.”
Busia joins Kitui, Migori and Homabay Counties whose finance and procurement offices have been destroyed by fire in the last three years.
Interestingly, all the governors in the above-mentioned counties have in one way or another been mentioned in corruption cases which fuels speculation that the fires may be a strategy to conceal evidence.
In July last year, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamoong was arrested and charged with multiple corruption charges.
Migori Governor Okoth Obado is under investigation over the loss of Ksh 2 billion which is reported to have been traced to the accounts of his family members.
The March fire incident at Migori County procurement office destroyed receipts of goods worth about Ksh 1.5m making it hard for the Auditor General office to validate the expenditures.
Equally, a mysterious fire gutted Kitui County finance offices in August. Governor Charity Ngilu and Senator Enoch Wambua accusing each other of the act.