Treasury CS dismisses Auditor General’s misappropriation report
31 July 2015, 09:21
Nairobi - The National Treasury has dismissed Auditor General's report that was released Tuesday revealing massive misappropriation of public funds by various ministries and state departments.
Treasury CS, Henry Rotich said that the ministries released documents supporting their expenditures late, and that the Auditor General Edward Ouko did not consider them while preparing his final audit report.
In a report tabled Tuesday, Ouko found that 60 percent of government spending - roughly KES 600 billion (5.3 billion euros) - "had issues" while he "was unable to confirm" whether a further KES 390 billion (3.5 billion euros) "was incurred effectively and lawfully".
The report was published two days after Obama left Kenya where he had addressed "the cancer of corruption", calling endemic graft "the single biggest impediment to Kenya growing even faster".
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The ministry of health and ministry of transport and infrastructure were among 17 government departments singled out for failing to provide documents to support spending totalling KES 67 billion (600 million euros).
"These public funds may not have been utilised lawfully and in an effective manner," said Ouko.
Ten government departments - including the ministry of agriculture and the judiciary -- failed to pay bills totalling KES 17 billion (147 million euros).
The report had alleged that the National Police Service Commission spent KES 31 million (274,000 euros) on rent for offices that were left empty, with further reports accusing officers in some stations of stealing cash bails, sometimes using fake accounting books to conceal the theft.
However, in a report published by Daily Nation, Rotich said that police spent only KES 24.4 million on rent and not the KES 31 million reported earlier by Ouko.
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