Donor wants back Sh1.6bn health cash
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.
Senator Wilfred Machage, nominated Senator Zipporah Kittony and Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu in Parliament yesterday