Donor wants back Sh1.6bn health cash

The Star (Kenya) - - News - FELIX OLICK @olick­fe­lix

A donor has told the Health min­istry to re­fund Sh1.6 bil­lion for fail­ing to ac­count for funds.

Global Al­liance for Vac­cines and Im­mu­ni­sa­tion yes­ter­day said Kenya has to re­fund the money. It ques­tioned the where­abouts of 0.73 mil­lion doses of vac­cines. Gavi said an au­dit showed the ex­pen­di­ture, dis­burse­ments and pro­cure­ment were un­sat­is­fac­tory.

“The pro­gramme au­dit raised 17 is­sues which were mainly caused by non­com­pli­ance with the gov­ern­ment of Kenya’s own guide­lines as well as Gavi’s trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity pol­icy,” the NGO’s re­port said.

The min­istry, headed by CS Cleopa Mailu and PS Ni­cholas Muraguri, has been on the spot for the al­leged loss of Sh3.2 bil­lion.

On Tues­day, Mailu promised Par­lia­ment an of­fi­cial in­ter­nal au­dit re­port on the al­leged loss of funds will be ready in a week.

Gavi said the min­istry was un­able to pro­vide sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion for more than Sh63 mil­lion ex­pen­di­ture be­tween 2009 and 2013.

“Na­tional ac­count­ing guide­lines on the use of cash­books, bank rec­on­cil­i­a­tions and ad­vances ledgers were not con­sis­tently fol­lowed,” the au­di­tors said in the re­port dated May 2016. The donors also raised ques­tions as to why salaries for com­mu­nity health work­ers were pro­cessed by the project ac­coun­tant and not the cen­tral pay­roll at the min­istry as re­quired by law.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Sen­a­tor Wil­fred Machage, nom­i­nated Sen­a­tor Zip­po­rah Kit­tony and Health Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Cleopa Mailu in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day

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