AUDITOR PUTS ICT AUTHORITY ON THE SPOT OVER A 124MILLION EXPENDITURE

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The Auditor General has put the Information Communication Authority (ICTA) on the spot over an irregular expenditure of Kshs.123.9 million of grant funds in the Financial Year ending June 2020.

Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu says that the returns of money, which is proceeds from grants from local and foreign lenders had not been submitted to National Treasury (NT) by the close of the financial year. The amount represents cumulative funds transfers to a special project bank account whose expenditure requires that returns be made to the NT.

The Auditor-General has also raised queries over an expenditure of Kshs.21.1 million at the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (Nofbi) project. The expenses includes training and capacity building expenses of Kshs.376,469 and Kshs.2,105,991million misclassified under the East Africa Regional Transport Trade and Development Facilitation Project.

Also queried is a further Kshs.958,220 spent as a daily and subsistence allowance claim. The Auditor revealed that the management did not explain why the officers had not been issued with imprest and whether there was prior authority as per the financial regulations.

The National Auditor has raised a number of audit queries in expenditures of various government institutions, cutting out work for the anti-graft agencies, which are always keen to nab those aiming to enrich themselves illegally.

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