Drought Management Authority in Sh4 billion scam
Another Sh719 million meant for “Ending Drought Emergencies (EDE)” could also be supported as there was no documentation. “The basis of the requisition for disbursements to the various county offices and other procurement activities have not been supported by necessary documentation justifying the extent of the fund required to undertake the given interventions,” he added. The authority received an additional Sh2 billion for the government on behalf of National Drought Emergency Fund (NDEF). There was, however, no financial statements by the fund to explain how the money was spent. “In addition, maintenance and operation of the Fund has not been in line with the relevant provisions of National Drought Management Act, 2016 as there is no separate cashbook and other books of account in respect of the Fund,” the report added.
SEE ALSO :Kimemia calls meet to address stand-offThe report tabled in the National Assembly by Majority Leader Aden Duale has also questioned the authority’s pension scheme expenses. The report noted that the authority included in the financial statements for 2016/2017 expenditure amounting to Sh1,075,400 in respect of the scheme under employees’ compensation and Sh260,000 in respect of general expenses training. “The total expenditure of Sh1,335,400, therefore, appear not to be a valid charge on the authority’s fund,” stated the report. The audit queries come just after the government wired Sh3.8 billion to the authority in April in response to drought that hit parts of the country. At least Sh2.5 billion was spent on food and cash transfer programmes in the drought hit parts while Sh306 million was spent on water trucking and the repair and construction of boreholes.