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MPs reject KES 500 000 from CDF kitty to go to auditing

05 August 2014, 22:20 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee has rejected the Auditor General’s office demand that KES 500 000 from the CDF kitty in every constituency be used for auditing.

The Committee’s Chairman, Moses Lessonet said the requested fee is much higher to deny many students from accessing the bursaries in addition to meeting the intended development projects.

“99% of CDF money goes to developments in schools such as buying desks, installation of electricity, students’ bursaries among others. The constituencies will not provide the suggested KES 500 000 by the Auditor General for auditing,” said Lessonet.

“We are committed that constituencies be audited and willing to negotiate on the auditing fee depending on real cost which from my experience it won’t cost KES 100 000 or KES 200 000. The constituencies are through with capacity building in their CDF books of account and the auditing for the 290 constituencies should be done before end of September 31, 2014,” he added.

The Director of Audit in the Auditor General’s office, Elizabeth Nguring’a, who appeared before the committee said although they don’t charge auditing fees to government ministries, they charge parastatals, the CDF included, a subsidized fee.

However, Lessonet questioned the criterion and under which law the Auditor General’s office is using to categorize the CDF Board as a parastatal to be charged the KES 500 000 fees.

The Auditor General’s office was to get a total of KES 145 000 000 million from the 290 constituencies in its suggested KES 500 000 from each constituency for auditing had committee agreed the charges.

The committee called on the Auditor General to hold a consultative meeting to look into the matter for all the CDF book accounts to be audited before end of September.

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