Fresh audit reveals loss of millions in Kisumu County
SEE ALSO :Truck driver killed in accidentThe audit released in Kisumu by Ouko's office, revealed county officers were not keen to follow up on projects hence reportedly paid for works not done. The auditor noted physical verification of the projects on the ground and bank statements detailing assets and liabilities did not reconcile in line with the Public Audit Act, 2015. For instance, as at June 30, 2017, the county's book balance reflected only Sh1, 359,986,921, yet from the audit review, recording supporting this was not presented. Similarly, the auditor notes bank reconciliation statements for six bank accounts with balances amounting to Sh19, 887,952, were not presented for audit. A report by the National Treasury dated November 13, 2017, also indicated that Kisumu County operated 112 accounts in different banks.
SEE ALSO :Counties faulted on revenue collectionStatements of financial assets and liabilities reflected a balance of Sh92, 916,431 relating to deposits and retention had no documents to support the book balance. Further, the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board reporting templates require that assets and liabilities be disclosed in financial statements. But no outstanding deposits and retention balances of Sh93, 910,431 million as at June 30 , 2017 could be verified. On research and design, statements of receipts and payments show acquisition of assets amounting to Sh95, 326,615 for the period under review. Total sum
SEE ALSO :County gears up for key meetingOut of the total sum, Sh15 million were not supported by evidence adduced to the audit team. In addition a contract awarded to provide youth enterprise skills training was awarded to a firm at a cost of Sh4, 868, 448 on June 2016. Four suppliers had bid for the contract, but three were later unresponsive. But after one bidder remained, the tender should have been cancelled and re-advertised - yet it wasn't done so as per the Auditor report. A contract for preparation of GIS based valuation roll at a sum of Sh99, 040,800 was signed on March 2017 during the peak of elections.