Taita Taveta county government on the spot over fake imprests worth millions


Auditor General Nancy Gathungu photo

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu questions suspicious expenditure by Taita Taveta county running into millions of shillings.

She raised an alarm after the County Executive Committee failed to explain transactions over Sh200 million.

There have been outstanding imprests with the unavailability of supportive papers to back expenditure.

In her 2018-19 conclusions, the AG cited outstanding imprests standing at Sh16 million and which had not been recovered as required by the Public Finance Management (County Governments) Regulations, 2015.

On the review of imprest records, the county was found to have issued Sh7.4 million to 21 employees with un-surrendered balances.

“Management breached regulations on the issue of imprests and did not enforce recovery of the overdue imprests,” she said.

Gathungu’s report unearthed the presence of a shocking plot where revenue collected in various sub-counties does not reach the central offices.

The report says the total unaccounted funds is Sh20 million.

The Auditor-General pointed out that four sub-county officers collected an unquantified amount of revenue using fake receipts during the financial year.

“According to an investigation carried by management, there were numerous other officers implicated in the swindling practice,” the report reads.

“At the time of carrying the audit, in November 2019, 13 officers had been interdicted, and four dismissed from service and charged in court. Misappropriated revenue amounting to Sh645,865 was recovered from several sub-county revenue officers.”

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