Thursday August 15, 2019 - A report by the Office of the Auditor General has unearthed another Sh 25 billion scandal in the Public Service and Youth Affairs Ministry.

According to Auditor General, Edward Ouko, of the Sh25 billion, the department made payments amounting to Sh21 billion that were unauthorised, unreported or unaccounted.

Payment vouchers for Ksh182.7 million were not available for audit verification since they were being held by various investigating agencies.

“Under the circumstances, the payments as reflected on the statement of receipts and payments could not be confirmed to the extent of Ksh182.7 million represented by missing payment vouchers,” the report reads.

Further, the Ministry was unable to disclose cash and cash equivalents worth Ksh1.3 billion, pointing out to a possible theft.

“In view of the foregoing, the accuracy and completeness of the cash and cash equivalents balance of Ksh1, 348,139,907 as at June 30, 2018, could not be ascertained,” reads part of the report.

Unsupported staff accounts payables worth Ksh1.3 billion and pending bills worth Ksh1.5 billion were also flagged by the Auditor General’s report.

CS Margaret Kobia, who is in charge of the Ministry, has remained mum over the scandal.


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