Au­di­tor should probe cash query at Health min­istry, says ICPAK

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Ac­coun­tants have urged Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko to be in­volved in the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Sh5.2 bil­lion query at the Min­istry of Health.

Ini­tial re­ports said Sh5.2 bil­lion could not be ac­counted for in the min­istry, but CS Cleopa Mailu said the amount in ques­tion was Sh3.1 bil­lion and it was used prop­erly.

ICPAK vice chair­man Julius Mwatu yes­ter­day said the Pub­lic Au­dit Act and the Con­sti­tu­tion man­dates the Of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral to con­duct a spe­cial au­dit ei­ther on in­vi­ta­tion or on its own vo­li­tion.

“The Pub­lic Au­dit Act is very clear on this and the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s re­port is sub­mit­ted di­rectly to Par­lia­ment. This forms the ba­sis of Na­tional As­sem­bly seiz­ing the mat­ter in a pro­fes­sional man­ner for de­lib­er­a­tion and fur­ther di­rec­tion,” he said.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly, Se­nate, Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice and Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment are con­duct­ing par­al­lel in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

ICPAK said the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s of­fice should work with other gov­ern­ment agen­cies to ex­pe­dite the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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