KENYA NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS (KNBS) PAID SH163 MILLION RENT FOR BUILDING IT NEVER OCCUPIED

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The national statistics agency is on the spot over expenditure of about Sh290,000 daily for rent and service charge for office space it did not occupy.

KNBS paid a total of Sh163,083,000 for the period between October 2017 to June 2019.

The National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee (PIC) took the KNBS to task to explain why it is spending huge sums of money on rent.

However, the KNBS director-general Macdonald Obudho shifted the blame to the Ministry of Public Works which recommended the rental estimates.

“I am in agreement that the rent is high. But the Ministry of Public Works gave the estimates. I was not there but my predecessor was Zachary Mwangi,” he said.

Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu questioned the irregular procurement of rental space. She said KNBS leased office space at a total rent of Sh105,300,000 per year from January 2018 including service charge.

In his defence, Mr Obudho said the process of acquiring the office space was competitively done through an open tender, resulting in a lease agreement.

He was hard-pressed to explain why the KNBS paid the extreme amount without taking possession of the property.
Ahmed Abdisalan, the committee vice chairperson directed Mr Obudho to provide detailed information relating to the procurement of the office space.

Misappropriation of funds in government institutions is not a new concept, corruption and embezzlement of public funds continue to be a drawback in the development of the country. The law should take its full course on leaders found to misuse public resources.

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