Health docket loses Sh18 mil­lion as work­ers forge IFMIS pass­word

Qual­ity Con­trol Lab­o­ra­tory di­rec­tor told the com­mit­tee sup­plies chain manager was in­structed by an uniden­ti­fied of­fi­cial to make vouch­ers to show they were gen­uine

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The National Qual­ity Con­trol Lab­o­ra­tory di­rec­tor yes­ter­day told a Sen­ate com­mit­tee how sig­na­tures and IFMIS pass­word were forged to ac­cess Sh30 mil­lion.

Hezekiah Ki­bet told the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Health a per­son he did not name ap­proached sup­plies chain manager Irene Mukami and told her Sh30 mil­lion meant for the in­sti­tu­tion is ly­ing in the ac­count.

Ki­bet told the com­mit­tee chaired by Mig­ori Se­na­tor Wil­fred Machage at Par­lia­ment Build­ings that Mukami was in­structed by the of­fi­cial to make vouch­ers to show they were gen­uine.

He told the com­mit­tee the of­fi­cial went ahead and made his deputy Pius Wan­jala Au­thor­ity to In­cur Ex­pen­di­ture on IFMIS, where Sh18.2 mil­lion was stolen.

“It came to my at­ten­tion on May 19 af­ter I sub­mit­ted pend­ing bills to the Finance chief of­fi­cer that the pay­ment to the com­pa­nies was not gen­uine. The head of pro­cure­ment con­fessed that she was told there was money in the ac­count that needed to be spent,” Ki­bet said.

“She has writ­ten ev­i­dence in the form of a let­ter de­tail­ing what happened.”

Wan­jala said the IFMIS pass­word was cre­ated in his name with­out his knowl­edge.

Ear­lier on in the com­mit­tee, there were in­di­ca­tions that Health CS Cleopa Mailu might have leaked the in­ter­nal re­port at the min­istry which ex­posed mas­sive em­bez­zle­ment of pub­lic money.

Head of in­ter­nal au­dit at the min­istry Bernard Muchere said he shared the re­port with Mailu on Au­gust 29 af­ter he re­quested for it. Muchere told the com­mit­tee he checked all av­enues in his of­fice and found no ev­i­dence that the re­port was leaked from his of­fice. “I can au­thor­i­ta­tively say the re­port never leaked from my of­fice. I’m not aware who leaked it,” he said.

Muchere told the com­mit­tee he alerted the CS on the ir­reg­u­lar di­ver­sion of Sh350 mil­lion, some Sh515 mil­lion meant for the National Aids Con­trol Coun­cil and how Sh265 mil­lion was paid to Co­op­er­a­tive Bank of Kenya.

The au­di­tor said the in­terim re­port was purely meant for plan­ning by the man­age­ment.

“The CS re­quested me to carry out the au­dit and hand over the re­port to him. I did not share the re­port with any­one, not even the PS,” Muchere said.

He said dur­ing the au­dit his of­fice had a dif­fi­cult time get­ting in­for­ma­tion from the ac­count­ing and pro­cure­ment de­part­ments.

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