How politicians, top civil servants stole billions in cash advances
Up to Sh2.1bn may have been lost after it was advanced to senior public officials in the form of imprests but no paper trail left to confirm its use. Edward Ouko, the Auditor-General, says a large chunk of the money was lost in unauthorised cash handouts and in projects that did not have parliamentary approval. Audit report says most of the imprests appeared to have been diverted to personal use, pointing to gross misuse of funds in government.
“The audit of imprests across ministries revealed major weaknesses that resulted in long outstanding imprests not cleared,” the report says, adding that some of the officials who took imprests have since died, left service or retired. Mr Ouko says a large segment of the expenditure lacks supporting documentation, making it difficult to identify the holders of the balances.
Imprest is money that is advanced to public officials for use in official functions and documents supporting the expenditure surrendered to the accounting officers.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Daily AfricaSimilar Stories