Ouko unearths another 3billion relief food scam

A report by Auditor General Mr Edward Ouko has indicated that the State Department of Special Programmes under Ministry of Devolution cannot account for Sh3.4 billion that was spent in the distribution of relief food for vulnerable persons.

“In view of the foregoing, the accuracy completeness, validity and accountability of transfer balance of Sh3.4 billion could not be confirmed,” Mr Ouko says

There was no follow up to ensure any relief foodstuff sent to the counties was received by the intended beneficiaries. There was no proof on how selection of beneficiaries were done in cases where foodstuff were dispatched.

“Therefore, there is nothing to show that the foodstuff was received by the beneficiaries. There was no documentation on how the needy persons were identified and hence no support of how the quantities of various destinations were determined,” Mr Ouko says.

Areas that were affected include Mwatate, Kilifi North, Baringo Central, Kitui Central and Makueni after an audit inspection.

This came at a time the office of DPP, EACC and DCI are on high alert on recovering embezzled funds.

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