Audit faults City County A*sembly’s spending

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023 07:15 | By
Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu.
Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu. PHOTO/Print

Nairobi County Assembly is in the crosshairs of the office of the Auditor General over Sh55 million spent on travel.

A report by the Auditor General Nancy Gathungu for the financial year 2021/22 says the Assembly spent Sh31,024,950 for foreign travel and Sh24,536.513 for domestic travel.

Gathungu reveals that the Assembly paid Sh22,484,184 in allowances whose recipients were not disclosed.

“The management procured various conference facilities and air tickets through requests for quotations totaling to Sh5,345,750 and Sh914,880 respectively. However, only one bidder in each award responded instead of at least three as required by the law,” said Gathungu.

The report says MCAs were paid allowances at job Group P instead of N, resulting in overpayment of an amount of Sh7,455, 800.

The Assembly was also found to have paid legal and arbitration fees amounting to Sh68,960,112 but the payment vouchers amounting to Sh28,138,268 in support of the expenditure were not provided for audit.

Similarly, the payment vouchers provided for audit totaling to Sh40,821,844 in respect of interim and final fee notes for various advocates were not supported.

The report also revealed that they paid Sh1.5 million as annual subscription to the Society of clerks yet no evidence that the expenditure was in the approved budget.

“Payments totaling to Sh2,027,418 relating to basic salaries were made outside the salary processing account whose recipients could not be confirmed. No explanation was provided for these anomalies,” said Gathungu.

The report also raises the red flag on unsupported pending bills.

“Review of Integrated Financial Management Information Systems reports indicated that Nairobi City County Assembly had pending accounts payables amount of Sh38,363,416, resulting in unexplained variance of 221,212,051.”

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