Metropolis fathers are as soon as once more on the spot for irregular withdrawal and expenditure of Sh10 million improvement money by officers working in an workplace that was not operational on the time.
The revelations emerged throughout a Nairobi County Meeting Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sitting on Monday night. The committee is wanting into audit queries from the Auditor Basic’s report for the monetary 12 months ending June 30, 2018.
In response to paperwork tabled earlier than the committee, the switch of the thousands and thousands occurred at Cooperative Financial institution, Metropolis Corridor department on August 16, 2018.
The Sh10 million was withdrawn from the event account to operations account by an officer from the County’s Cashiers Workplace with out following due means of the regulation.
Apparently, Finance Government Charles Kerich and Head of County Treasury Johnson Akong’o instructed the committee that the stated workplace has been moribund for shut to 2 years and is not an vital one on the county.
“The workplace is not vital and I wish to ask the pinnacle of Treasury to state whether or not it’s nonetheless working and what it does precisely as a result of the county some time again insisted that when funds are made there is no such thing as a money in hand and the place attainable cash is transferred on to accounts and that may be a observe we’re at the moment doing,” stated Mr Kerich.
Nonetheless, John Kioo, the officer accountable for the Cashiers Workplace, disputed the claims by his seniors telling the committee that he obtained directions from the County’s Treasury to switch the money from the Improvement Account to Operations Account.
“I’ve by no means heard of that (that the Cashiers Workplace doesn’t exist) as a result of I’ve been receiving my full wage as traditional because the cashier,” stated Mr Kioo.
Nominated MCA Silvia Museiya additionally sought to know the authorized authority by which the Cashiers workplace operates questioning the necessity for the existence of the workplace with officer working with out understanding sector price range and what to implement.
“The cashier officer has no thought of what’s budgeted for and what’s not so has no thought if he’s spending inside the framework or not, improvement cash or not. He’s simply spending on authorisation that’s being sought illegally,” Ms Museiya stated.
The revelations got here after Minority Whip Peter Imwatok sought to know the way the cash was moved from one account to a different with out following the due course of.
“The transaction was sanctioned by the Head of Treasury and the then Finance Government. The cash was then withdrawn from one account and deposited into one other earlier than the pinnacle of Cashiers workplace was instructed to go entry it,” stated Mr Imwatok.
The Makongeni MCA added that for such a switch to occur, a supplementary price range should be ready and introduced earlier than the Meeting for approval however that didn’t occur within the explicit case.
Nonetheless, Mr Kerich said that he didn’t know whether or not the transaction was irregular or not, saying that provisions of the regulation ought to be utilized to find out that.
“I must consult with the PFM Act but when that cash was refunded, possibly it was borrowed. If the operations account is empty and there’s a chance of transferring the quantity as long as it’s refunded inside the similar monetary time, then I feel that can be okay,” Mr Kerich stated, including, “Nonetheless, I’m not saying that’s what occurred however I might want to verify the Act whether it is authorized or not.”