Auditor faults universities agency expenditure

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023 00:01 | By
Auditor General Nancy Gathungu
Auditor General Nancy Gathungu PHOTO/Print

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) is on the spot over irregular expenditure.

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu in a report for the year ending June 2021 says she could not confirm whether there was value for money regarding the expenditure.

The irregularities range from expenditures emanating from board meetings, procurement of consultancy services and queries relating to staff mortgage and car loan reserve fund.

“I believe that the audit evidence I have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for my opinion,” the Auditor General writes.

The report notes that the supporting ledger reflects a balance of Sh2.6 million paid to a consultant for provision of Change Management Program, Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution which took place between December 14 and 19, 2020 but no documents were provided.

According to the report, a review of documents provided for audit revealed that the consultant was procured directly and there was no evidence of the measures taken to ensure the price was fair and reasonable and compared well with known prices of goods, works or services in the circumstances, as provided under Section 103(e) of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015.

Further, the notification of award was issued on December 11, 2020 and accepted by the Consultant on December 14, 2020 which coincided with the date the Program was starting raising doubts on whether the procedure for notification of intention to enter into a contract as required by the provisions of Section 87 of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015 was followed.

Regarding to board expenses, amounting to Sh4.7 million and Sh14 million being sitting allowances and other board expenses respectively, the report raises concern over the spending of Sh2.7 million in respect to team building and board retreat.

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