Parliament probes loss of CIC funds
16 September 2014, 23:00
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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