NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 3 – The National Assembly has approved the withdrawal of Sh50.4 billion from the Consolidated Fund to cater for expenditure in Parliament, the Judiciary and National Executive until the end of this month.
House Majority Leader Aden Duale also got House approval allowing the government agencies access the funds immediately President Uhuru Kenyatta assents to the Bill instead of the waiting for 14 days after it has been gazetted.
Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo raised transparency and accountability issues with the newly launched E-procurement targeting 19 State corporations under the National Treasury.
“There is no way you are going to tell people to go and procure online and stop them from getting the people who run that system. The National Government should be forewarned that they are opening a Pandora’s Box and you will create billionaire before the end of this year, you will create clerks before the end of this year.”
Marakwet East MP Kangongo Bowen queried the annual allocation to the Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (IFMIS) which he said had suspiciously earmarked as software development and capacity building.
Bowen said the cost for training should not be on the raise especially when the government has been training its staff since the programme was rolled out in 1997. He requested the Speaker to direct the House team on Finance and Public Accounts Committee to probe IFMIS.
“It’s been 15 years since the development of IFMIS, if you go to records, more than Sh15 billion has been spent on IFMIS. I want to tell the House that IFMIS if given proper audit it will be more than Anglo-Leasing and any other financial scandal in this country,” he said.
He noted that the automated budgeting, procurement and expenditure management system had received over Sh1 billion and was receiving a further Sh1 billion allocation in the current supplementary budget.
“I am a soft ware engineer, I want to tell the House that software is only developed once in their lifetime but IFMIS is like it is developed every year,” said the Marakwet East MP.
The approved expenditure includes Sh5.5 billion for the military, Sh9 billion for the Interior Ministry, Sh1.8 billion for Huduma Centres, Sh1.3 billion for emergency, Sh697 million for the Teachers Service Commission and Sh3.1 billion for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
There is also Sh300 million for a patrol boat to curb illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean and Sh400 million to Kenya Seed Company to enable maize farmers access seed subsidized seeds.