Senate orders audit on how counties have spent COVID-19 funds

Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Covid-19 has requested Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu to undertake a special audit into the expenditure of billions of shillings allocated to the national and county governments for the Covid-19 pandemic interventions.

The committee chaired by nominated Senator Sylvia Kasanga also wants Controller of Budget (CoB) Dr. Margaret Nyakang’o to furnish it with a special budget review implementation report on the utilization of funds by the 47 devolved units towards the pandemic interventions.

In two separate letters to Ms. Gathungu and Dr. Nyakang’o, Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye, on behalf of the committee, noted that the special audit should cover the period between March 13 and July 31, 2020.

“The Committee, therefore, requests that you undertake the special audit and submit an independent report,” Mr. Nyegenye says, adding that the report should be submitted by email on or before September 4, 2020.

The controller of Budget is required to avail report by August 21.
This came amid claims that funds allocated to deal with the pandemic may have been diverted to other uses not related to the disease, misapplied or misappropriated.

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