All the 47 counties will be subjected to a special but thorough audit so that to unravel the dirt surrounding how they are spending Covid-19 funds.
This was the Thursday August 6th request by the Senate Adhoc Committee on Covid-19 which now wants the Auditor General Gathungu Nancy to commence the investigations so as to save the remaining funds that may be misused by the counties.
Citizen Digital reported that the said audit will start next month and will cover a period from March 13th when the first Coronavirus case was reported in the country.
This development will obviously throw governors into a spin for they will be required to explain how they have been spending any penny they received in their county bank accounts and account for each shilling thereafter. Deposits and withdrawals will be among the crucial things the auditor will be looking into in detail.
This is happening just a day after a mega scam was discovered at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority Kemsa where sh 4 billion were reportedly paid to as single sourced well connected tender-prenuer through a proxy.
The auditor general will also have to dig deeper into activities surrounding the funds and establish whether they were spent accordingly and within set limits for specific duties.
She will then have to table her findings to the Senate adhoc Committee for analysis and governors called upon to respond to any irregularities that may arise.
”We request that the response be sent by email on the address to be received on or before Friday, 4th September, 2020 at 5.00 pm,” reads a letter to the Auditor General signed by Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye.
It is believed that most counties have been diverting Covid-19 funds to other functions with hope that such money may not be followed by the State.
Kenya alone has received in access of sh 40 billion to combat the deadly virus in the country with caseload now hitting 23,873.