100 Devolution Ministry Billions Go Missing. Let That Sink In

100 Devolution Billions Go Missing. Let That Sink In
Ministry of Devolution and Planning CS, Mwangi Kiunjuri
The Ministry of Devolution and Planning under Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri is where the money is. After the crazy NYS scandal that saw the former CS, Anne Waiguru step down, the Ministry is in the limelight again. One hundred billion Kenya Shillings cannot be accounted for.A revealing audit report has put the ministry on the spot for their failure to account for the money.

First, the Auditor General Edward Ouko said that the ministry has not yet reconciled issues in the 2015 audit report that could not locate Sh 42 billion.The auditor general reported that the ministry did not offer any explanation  or action taken to recover money spent on transfer to other government units during the 2013/2014 financial year. This amount was not in the budget.Funds transferred to transferred to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has not also been supported by transfer dates.In the 2016 report, Sh 60.7 billion could not be  accounted for the financial year.The audit brought back to life the NYS scandal after a physical examination in February 2015  showed that construction work of flats at the  NYS Vocational Training Institute in Industrial Area was abandoned at foundation level.  

There have also been mind-boggling inconsistencies in the disbursements made to semi-autonomous government bodies such as the National Youth Council and President's Award Scheme.

As President Uhuru was sworn in for his second term, the stains from his first tenure will linger on. Corruption in Kenya has gone to levels never seen before.While Kenyans worry where their tax money is disappearing to, nobody really knows. Repeated disappearance of funds have made taxpayers quite insensitive or unaware of the amounts we are talking about.In simple math, 100 billion shillings is 100, 000 million shillings or about 1 billion dollars.Kenya has enough money to pay lecturers, nurses and fight hunger. It is just going to the wrong pockets.

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