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Parliament probes loss of CIC funds

16 September 2014, 23:00 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is probing the loss of KES 77.5 million which the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) cannot account for during its utilization.

PAC chair, Ababu Namwamba said the public funds allocated to CIC cannot be accounted for as revealed in the Auditor General’s report because crucial documents for verification are missing and that the commission’s officers may have misappropriated the money.

"Before the term of the commission expires, it must recover every single penny lost or misappropriated under its watch. Every single person who occasioned the loss will be held personally responsible,” said Namwamba.

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"The commission must be seen to be setting very high standards as the commission transitioning the one aiding and supporting the new constitution,” he added.

The missing money stems from rent payment made on the commission's premises in Westlands, but w remained unoccupied for 10 months. 

The commission is also unable to provide documentation for the KES 20.4 million used in hiring of the commission’s vehicles, stationery and other assorted items during the 2011 and 2012 financial year.

However, the CIC Chief Executive Officer, John Nyonje who appeared before the committee said the officers who served at the commission should be held accountable for the un accounted for expenditure.

Nyonje said that during the period under question, most of the secretariat work at the commission was undertaken by officers seconded to CIC by the government and that the current secretariat had already instituted measures to ensure that the money was accounted for.

"Between 2011 and 2012, there were various challenges at the commission. We came into office and found that some of the issues being raised here were already running. We then wrote to various offices that were involved to seek answers," Nyonje told the committee.

Nyonje who is the fifth CEO at the CIC said that part of the gaps at the commission accounts arose from the high turnover of CEOs at the commission.

PAC wants CIC to satisfactorily explain the expenditure or institute recovery proceedings against officials responsible for the mess before the term of the commission ends in the next 15 months' time.


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