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Auditor General cleared KES 66.7 billion earlier reported missing

30 September 2015, 08:08 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich has confirmed that the reported KES 66.7 billion raised in the Auditor General’s report was not lost but the affected ministries failed to avail supporting expenditure documents on time for audit.

Rotich, who appeared before the National Public Accounts committee (PAC) chaired by Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda) laid the blame on accounting officers in affected ministries and government agencies for failure provide the requested documents and confirmed that the Auditor General, Edward Ouko has cleared the issue.

“The unsupported expenditures by ministries amounting to KES 66 billion as raised in the Auditor General’s report were not lost and I can confirm that the Auditor General has revisited and evaluated the expenditures. Unsupported expenditures does not mean money is lost as reported in the media but crucial audit information on the expenditures was not provided,” said Rotich.

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He told the committee that his ministry has directed all accounting officers to ensure the Ouko’s officers are timely facilitated with the required audit documents to help them beat the restricted constitutional auditing deadline.

“I have warned the accounting officers that they will be designated if they fail to avail auditing documents to the Auditor General within the requested time. The Auditor General is restrained by auditing time and the accounting officers need to adhere to it,” warned Rotich.

“Accounting officers for ministries with unsupported expenditures should be named and shamed. We cannot go on entertaining such practice and it clearly shows that their record keeping is poor,” said PAC’s Vice Chair, Jackson Rop.

The Cabinet Secretary also pointed out that KES 24 billion in the Ministry of Health was not lost as earlier reported but the ministry mostly used it to support the devolved health sector particularly paying health workers their salaries.

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