- Parliament has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Devolution’s chief secretary, Julius Korir, to take over the 3.3 billion shillings relief food.
- In total, Sh7,097,393,359 relief food was distributed.
- However, the State Department did not take into account the expenses of Sh3,289,532,111.
Parliament has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Devolution’s chief secretary, Julius Korir, to take over the 3.3 billion shillings relief food.
The National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) directed Mr. Korir to work with his Interior counterpart, Karanja Kibicho, whose ministry distributed the supplies to Kenyans affected by the famine in the year to June 2018.
In total, Sh7,097,393,359 relief food was distributed. However, the State Department did not take into account the expenses of Sh3,289,532,111.
The Refund Ministry transferred the food and funds to several counties under the supervision of the County Commissioners and Deputy County Commissioners, but most of them have not submitted statements to the Refund Ministry.
County administrators are expected to submit monthly reports showing the names of the people who received the food and how the funds provided for transportation were used.
Approximately 23 county commissioners have not filed accountability reports to date.
“I order you to ensure that PS Julius Korir and Dr. Karanja Kibicho take relief supplies into account by the end of the day on Monday next week,” Opiyo Wandayi told the arid and semi-arid lands PS Micah Powon.
Powon, who is the PS in the State Department of Arid and Semi-arid Lands (ASAL) appeared before PAC to audit consultations.
Auditor General Nancy Gathungu said that although documentation regarding the procurement of the relief products was made available, the documentation for distribution to beneficiaries and the basis for the selection of beneficiaries were not provided for audit scrutiny. .
The auditor cast doubt on the validity of the expense and the value for money for citizens could not be confirmed.
Powon told the committee that the ministry had the Ministerial Food Aid Distribution, where members came from the ministries of the Interior, Planning, Agriculture and the National Drought Management Authority.
“The Ministry sends relief food to county commissioners and deputy county commissioners, who then coordinated the selection of individual beneficiaries and then distributed the food,” Powon said.
He said Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’í has not responded as of August 13, 2019 on accounting for food and aid program funds.