Ju­bilee coun­ties also caught up in au­dit queries

Au­di­tor Gen­eral finds mis­use in Ki­ambu, Kirinyaga, Ny­eri and Tharaka Nithi

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Coun­ties headed by Ju­bilee gov­er­nors have also been named by the Au­di­tor Gen­eral over the loss of money through un­sup­ported ex­pen­di­ture on goods and ser­vices, du­pli­cate pay­ments, un­de­clared bank ac­counts and un­doc­u­mented pay­ment of staff.

Mil­lions of shillings may have been lost in 2014-15 in Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s back­yard.

In Kirinyaga, the county could not pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to sup­port the ex­pen­di­ture of Sh1.48 bil­lion. The re­port iden­ti­fied three projects that were over-funded and the Au­di­tor Gen­eral con­cluded that pub­lic re­sources were not utilised ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively.

Kabuti dis­pen­sary was al­lo­cated Sh2.4 mil­lion in the bud­get but Sh4.4 mil­lion was paid.

Kian­jiru health fa­cil­ity was al­lo­cated Sh5.9 mil­lion but Sh8.5 mil­lion was paid out.

There is also un­ex­plained es­ca­la­tion of the cost of con­struc­tion of mor­tu­ar­ies at the Sa­gana and Kianyaga sub­county hos­pi­tals from Sh4 mil­lion each to Sh17.7 mil­lion and Sh17.9 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

The re­port also said the county gov­ern­ment spent Sh14.9 mil­lion on fuel but no fuel reg­is­ters were main­tained to con­trol and ac­count for the money.

In Laikipia, the au­dit re­vealed the ex­is­tence of 24 bank ac­counts be­long­ing to the county gov­ern­ment not con­nected to IFMIS. The au­dit also found pay­ments of goods and ser­vices worth Sh95.2 mil­lion with no sup­port­ing doc­u­ments.

In Ki­ambu, the au­dit re­vealed that du­pli­cated re­ceipt num­bers for rev­enue col­lec­tion amounted to Sh359.5 mil­lion. The high­est amount of Sh323.7 mil­lion was in Thika sub­county, where 54,549 du­pli­cate re­ceipts were dis­cov­ered.

The au­dit also found that the county gov­ern­ment spent Sh11.6 mil­lion to con­vert a ward into a neu­ro­surgery fa­cil­ity at the Ki­ambu Level 4 Hos­pi­tal. How­ever, au­di­tors found that the fa­cil­ity has not been put to use.

The re­port, how­ever, gives a qual­i­fied opin­ion that the fi­nan­cial state­ments present fairly the fi­nan­cial po­si­tion of the Ki­ambu county gov­ern­ment.

The Ny­eri county gov­ern­ment paid all its staff Sh30 mil­lion leave al­lowance in De­cem­ber 2014 and Fe­bru­ary 2015, but there are no sup­port­ing doc­u­ments.

“Fur­ther, the pos­si­bil­ity of all of­fi­cers pro­ceed­ing on an­nual leave con­cur­rently in one month is un­ten­able. The pay­ment was there­fore un­jus­ti­fied and was paid con­trary to the code of reg­u­la­tions,” the re­port said.

This is one of the queries that has made the Au­di­tor Gen­eral con­clude that Ny­eri county may have mis­used 47 per cent of all its funds in 2014-15.

Ny­eri county pro­vided the Au­di­tor Gen­eral with an ex­pen­di­ture of Sh2.3 bil­lion in the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year that was un­sup­ported with the rel­e­vant sched­ules and ledger.

The Au­di­tor Gen­eral re­ports that due to the sig­nif­i­cance of the un­sup­ported amount, his of­fice is un­able to state whether 47 per cent of to­tal county fund­ing was used ef­fec­tively and in a law­ful man­ner.

Meru county as­sem­bly speaker, the Au­di­tor Gen­eral stated, lives in a Sh115,000-a-month house. How­ever, the county as­sem­bly paid Sh470,000 to the speaker who is ac­tu­ally the land­lord as per the con­trac­tual agree­ment at Sh80,000 per month for Novem­ber, De­cem­ber 2014 and Jan­uary 2015 and Sh115,000 for Fe­bru­ary and March 2015.

It fur­ther in­di­cates that the pay­ments were not val­i­dated with any in­voices or doc­u­ments, which the speaker says had been mis­placed when the au­dit was be­ing con­ducted.

In Embu, county of­fi­cials pock­eted mil­lions of shillings in dou­ble pay­ments while on trips to Tan­za­nia.

In one in­stance, the county gov­ern­ment spent Sh14.5 mil­lion for a five-day trip to Arusha. Among those who trav­elled are 34 MCAs, two aides, one clerk, a driver, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer and 15 ex­ec­u­tives.

Ki­ambu Gover­nor Wil­liam Kabogo is shown a cray­fish at the East­ern Africa Aqua­cul­ture Sym­po­sium and Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Jomo Keny­atta Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy on Wed­nes­day.

/RE­BECCA NDUKU/DPPS

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto and Ki­ambu Gover­nor Wil­liam Kabogo dur­ing a fund rais­ing for an SDA Church in Kimbo, Githu­rai, on Septem­ber 22

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