Migori Governor Okoth Obado was on Monday put on the hot seat to explain the whereabouts of Sh1.5 billion allegedly misused by his government.
This follows revelations by the Auditor General that the county could not account for the funds in the financial year 2017/2018.
Obado dismissed Edward Ouko's report that the money was misused, saying it was used well, part of it going to county staff salaries and service providers' pay.
He told the Senate Public Accounts Committee that despite crucial documents going up in flames after fire gutted down the county headquarters in 2017, he has the backup of the same.
“It should not be seen that the county lost Sh1.5 billion due to the fire incident. There was a back-up of all documents which, had we provided during the audit time, our accounts would have been unqualified,” he was quoted by the Nation.
However, in his report, Edward Ouko has based his conclusion on the county's inability to produce papers and vouchers in the financial year 2017/2018 for examination.
Obado argued that the fire which razed the main procurement stores burnt all accounting documents.
The Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang-led committee gave him two weeks to provide all the required documents.
Kajwang further directed for stern punitive measures against those found culpable in the instance that the fire was intentional.
Last year, Obado was once again on trouble over allegations of embezzling county funds using companies registered under the names of his relatives.