Twelve governors could be charged over irregularities in expenditure of Kshs.7.7 Billion of Covid-19 funds. The irregularities were spotted by the Auditor General following a special audit ordered by the President.
Double payments spending money without approved work plans as well as paying for goods without contracts is among things that have been highlighted in the special audit.
According to the AG, 33 counties engaged themselves in a spending spree without procurement plans in place as required by the Public Finance management Act (PFMA). The most glaring issue was that most of the accused counties opted to procure Covid-19 related items at exorbitant prices, from private companies as opposed to other cheaper options like the Kenya medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
The money in question, (Kshs.7, 705,900,000) was part of a tranche of Kshs.214, 908, 853, 825 that the government had borrowed from the European Union, IMF, World Bank and the Danish International Development Agency.
The International Monetary Fund IMF has given the government until end of May to account for how the county governments spent Covid funds, as a condition for giving an additional Ksh.255 Billion development loan.
The lead antigraft body in the country, Ethics and Anticorruption Commission (EACC), has picked up the matter and vowed to establish if there is criminal liability on the side of the governors.