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Health CS, PS to face Senate committee over missing billions

Although the auditors have complained of difficulties in obtaining information, the Health CS on Wednesday assured that his ministry is open to scrutiny on all funds allocated to it. Photo/FILE.

Although the auditors have complained of difficulties in obtaining information, the Health CS on Wednesday assured that his ministry is open to scrutiny on all funds allocated to it. Photo/FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu and Permanent Secretary Nicholas Muraguri were on Thursday set to face the Senate Health Committee to answer questions on the alleged misappropriation of Sh5 billion.

This follows revelations in an audit report showing that the money may have been misappropriated through payments on projects not approved in the ministry’s supplementary budget.

Although the auditors have complained of difficulties in obtaining information, the Health CS on Wednesday assured that his ministry is open to scrutiny on all funds allocated to it.

“The ministry wishes to assure the public that it’s treating the interim internal report with the seriousness it deserves and it is open to internal and external scrutiny to ensure transparency and proper utilization of allocated funds,” he stated soon after the Business Daily published a story on the alleged misappropriation.

He confirmed that he had received a report from the Kenya National Audit Office which is still investigating the alleged fraud covering the 2015/16 financial year.

The report unearthed what appears to be similar to the mega scandal at the National Youth Service (NYS) where the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) was infiltrated and payments made to dubious companies illegally.

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