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Some coun­ties are still grap­pling with fre­quent break­down of the In­te­grated Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Sys­tems (Ifmis), which has neg­a­tively af­fected op­er­a­tions.

Although most of the de­volved units have adopted the sys­tem, the re­cur­rent hitch is still a ma­jor con­cern for gov­er­nors and even the Con­troller of Bud­get Agnes Od­hi­ambo.

In the last three fi­nan­cial years, Ms Od­hi­ambo has asked the Na­tional Trea­sury to deal with the sys­tem in­ter­rup­tions and con­nec­tiv­ity issues.

Ifmis is an au­to­mated sys­tem that en­hances ef­fi­ciency in the county and na­tional gov­ern­ments fi­nan­cial plan­ning, bud­get­ing, pro­cure­ment, ex­pen­di­ture, man­age­ment and re­port­ing.

Trea­sury pre­scribed Ifmis for pro­cess­ing of fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions in line with Sec­tion 12

(1) (e) of the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment

Act, 2012 as its use en­hances fis­cal trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and im­proves ef­fi­ciency in pub­lic fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

The op­er­a­tional de­lay has also been af­fect­ing the ap­proval of pro­cure­ment re­quests and pay­ments to sup­pli­ers and staff.

In the first half re­port of the 2018/18 Fi­nan­cial Year re­port, the COB rec­om­mended Trea­sury should sta­bilise the pre­scribed fi­nan­cial sys­tem to en­sure un­in­ter­rupted fi­nan­cial pro­cesses by coun­ties. “Fur­ther, the county Trea­suries should li­aise with the Ifmis di­rec­torate for sup­port when­ever faced with con­nec­tiv­ity chal­lenges.

The Ifmis down­time was also in­di­cated as a rea­son for de­layed fi­nan­cial re­port­ing by the county trea­suries,” Ms Od­hi­ambo said.

Ifmis Di­rec­tor Stan­ley Ka­man­gunya de­clined to com­ment on the is­sue when con­tacted. Some coun­ties like Baringo, Isi­olo, Ka­ji­ado and Bomet have im­proved their in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, which the sys­tem re­lies on to be op­er­a­tional. This re­sulted into its ef­fec­tive­ness.

But oth­ers like Homabay failed to process all pay­ments through Ifmis and the in­ter­net bank­ing plat­form.

“The county has con­tin­ued to make fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions from bank ac­counts main­tained in com­mer­cial banks through cheques,” said the COB.

How­ever, Nandi, Nyamira, failed to rec­on­cile the Ifmis pay­roll data with that from the In­te­grated Pay­roll Per­son­nel Data­base for ac­cu­rate re­port­ing.

In 2016, Trea­sury con­cluded a coun­try­wide train­ing ex­er­cise aimed at equip­ping small and medium busi­nesses with req­ui­site knowl­edge to un­der­take on­line pro­cure­ment.

Ifmis e-pro­cure­ment was de­ployed to all min­istries, de­part­ments and agen­cies, state cor­po­ra­tions and the 58 coun­ties with the aim of in­creas­ing trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in the man­age­ment of pub­lic funds.

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