The State Regulation Workplace can’t account for at the very least Sh394.eight million largely used as authorized charges for six worldwide regulation companies that represented Kenya on the Worldwide Court docket of Justice in its maritime boundary dispute with Somalia.

The cost was extremely inflated and taxpayers might not have gotten worth for the expenditure, says Auditor-Normal Edward Ouko’s report for the 2017/18 monetary yr.

Mr Ouko notes within the report tabled within the Senate: “As well as, out of the whole funds of Sh420,506,285, solely cost authorities amounting to Sh25,703,123 have been availed for audit verification, leaving a stability of Sh394,803,162 unsupported.”

Prof Githu Muigai was the Legal professional-Normal and Mr Njee Muturi the Solicitor-Normal on the time Kenya employed the regulation companies to defend its maritime territorial integrity after Somalia took the matter to The Hague-based court docket in August 2014.

PROCUREMENT

Prof Muigai left final yr and was changed by former Court docket of Attraction choose Kihara Kariuki.

Mr Ken Ogeto changed Mr Muturi because the principal assistant to the Legal professional-Normal.

Mr Ouko questioned how the State Regulation Workplace single-handedly decided the authorized charges paid to the legal professionals, noting that the procurement process was significantly flawed.

The six regulation companies have been amongst 17 employed on December 14, 2017.

They embrace London-based Marbdy Consulting Ltd (Sh2.15 million), Prof Vaughan Lowe (Sh2.86 million), Prof Alan Boyle (Sh2.42 million) and Ms Military Sander (Sh1.78 million).

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On the identical day, the auditor says, the federal government additionally employed Prof Mathias Forteau of France for Sh2.64 million.

On December 14, 2018, the State Regulation Workplace contracted one other French lawyer, Prof Payam Akhavan, for Sh13.12 million.

In February this yr, the Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute escalated right into a diplomatic row after Nairobi expelled Somalia’s ambassador Mohamoud Ahmed Nur and recalled its envoy Lucas Tumbo.

The tiff got here after Nairobi accused Mogadishu of auctioning oil exploration rights in a disputed a part of the Indian Ocean.

However Kenya’s Overseas Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau would later deny expulsion claims, saying that Nairobi had solely “summoned” her envoy and requested his Somali counterpart to depart for consultations on their facet.