Auditor queries illegal expenditure by counties
SEE ALSO :How Parliament can check Auditor GeneralThis expenditure, according to Auditor General Edward Ouko, contravened the law and was an imprudent use of public funds. Besides the allowances, Dr Ouko questioned the spending of Sh27 million on the construction of a perimeter wall and a gate at the county assembly. In Nakuru County, the Auditor General established that despite a bio-metric system being used to identify and monitor attendance of various committee meetings, some MCAs were paid despite not attending meetings. Biometric system Ouko said some members would sign in, and within minutes, sign out. In some cases, members clocked in and later there was no proof of them signing out. “The audit also observed that despite installation of the bio-metric system, in most cases, meeting attendance continued to be recorded manually,” the report read.
SEE ALSO :Auditor General wants Ifmis split“This was wastage of public funds and a breach of financial regulations.” The report further questions the payment of Sh6 million on June 30, 2017 to the Kenya Prison Service for the supply of 78 desks, a speaker’s seat and 50 public gallery seats. On average the county assembly spent Sh46,000 per gallery seat. By the time of the audit, only 58 office desks had been delivered, despite full payment being made. In Samburu County, the assembly is alleged to have spent Sh4 million to attend a women’s caucus in Ethiopia between January 29 and February 2, 2017. However, it was noted that the expenditure was not supported by relevant documents like invitation letters and other evidence showing that the officers actually attended the training, which was held at the Institute of International Education.
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