, NYERI, Kenya, Nov 27 — The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says claims that the Integrated Financial Management Information System is to blame for the theft of funds in the counties is unfounded.
Rotich says the system was put through rigorous tests and was put in place in order to increase accountability and transparency, the opposite of which it is now being accused of facilitating.
“I’ve heard people says that IFMIS now is the thief. I want to confirm to them that IFMIS is just a tool. It cannot therefore be a thief. Don’t let anyone lie to you that the system was put in place to steal money that is a barefaced lie.”
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has also weighed in on the statements by the Council of Governors and opposition Raila Odinga to the effect that IFMIS is easily manipulatable.
He says those entrusted with passwords used to redirect public funds for personal aggrandisement must be held up to the light.
“When it’s someone from Jubilee accused of stealing they hound them out of office. When it’s one of them caught with their hand in the cookie jar they (opposition leader Raila Odinga) say no, IFMIS is to blame.”
It is however worth noting that when monies totaling to Sh791 were stolen from the National Youth Service it was through IFMIS.
The two spoke on the matter during a fundraiser at the Karatina PCEA Church on Sunday.