State House of­fi­cials to face MPs for au­dit queries

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

State House is to­day ex­pected to face the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional As­sem­bly over queries raised by the Au­di­tor Gen­eral in his 2014-15 re­port.

One of the queries in­volves the award­ing of a new con­tract of Sh137 mil­lion for con­ver­sion of the me­chan­i­cal­work­shop to of­fices.

This was done with­out State House ex­plain­ing a query in the 2012-13 au­dit re­port that said a dif­fer­ent con­trac­tor may have been ir­reg­u­larly paid Sh88 mil­lion. The con­tract was for the con­struc­tion of the me­chan­i­cal work­shop and petrol sta­tion at State House, but the project stalled . “Al­though the mat­ter was dis­cussed be­fore Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee, a de­ci­sion was not made as the project was to be eval­u­ated by the rel­e­vant tech­nocrats to de­ter­mine value for money,” Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko (pic­tured) said in the 2014-15 re­port.

“There were in­di­ca­tions that the stalled project cost­ing Sh88.8 mil­lion was de­mol­ished to pave way for the con­struc­tion of another project, there­fore, the value for money for the ini­tial ex­pen­di­ture could not be con­firmed in ac­cor­dance with the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act.”

Ouko also re­ported that records main­tained by the pres­i­dency in­di­cate bills amount­ing to Sh949 mil­lion re­lat­ing to 2014-15 were not paid, but in­stead car­ried for­ward to 2015-16. “Had these bills been paid, the fi­nan­cial state­ments would have re­flected a deficit of Sh946.4 mil­lion in­stead of net sur­plus of Sh3.1 mil­lion now shown,” the re­port said.

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