Police in Kisumu have launched investigations into the cause of fire that destroyed a section of county finance offices at Prosperity House on Sunday evening.
The fire destroyed several documents in the finance and planning office that also houses directors of budgeting, accounting services, revenue and supply chain management.
The incident happened on the second floor of Prosperity House, which houses several National Government offices including the County Commissioner’s office, Attorney-General’s office and headquarters of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission.
Reports indicate that most computers at Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS) office were destroyed before the fire was contained.
Sources intimated to a local media that most of the files lost were part of pending bills for contractors yet to be paid.
Kisumu County Commissioner Susan Waweru said that police have started investigating the cause of the inferno even as a section of staff said they suspected foul play.
“There was a fire in one of the offices used by the county government of Kisumu yesterday afternoon which was quickly put out. The police are investigating the cause of the fire,” Ms Waweru said.
“Fortunately, the fire did not spread to other offices due to quick action by the fire-fighting department and officers guarding the building.”
This is how @AnyangNyongo's government mess up with evidence after looting public funds :
On Sunday evening, Kisumu County offices was razed by fire.
Most computers at the IFMIS office are reported to have been destroyed.@DCI_Kenya@NPSOfficial_KE
Thorough investigation needed pic.twitter.com/NC01qQckL2
— Japheth (@japheth_bor) February 10, 2020
Kisumu County officers most innovative way of clearing corruption evidence. https://t.co/1wptRsYiRs
— Bobby (@Bob_Odhiambo) February 10, 2020
Fire razed section of Kisumu County offices last night. Interestingly, it affected the IFMIS office the most. Most of the computers there have been destroyed. The fire seems to have chosen a convenient spot, but what do I know about these things? 🤷♂️
— Nahashon Kimemia (@nahashon87) February 10, 2020