When the leader of the majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale was reading the Auditor General report on Thursday, I mourned from within for my beloved country Kenya.
According to the report that Mr Duale was presenting, more than seven billion taxpayer’s money could not be accounted for during the financial year 2014/2015 in Government ministries, departments as well commissions.
From the report, 7,321,277,260 shillings from various government entities could not be accounted for, once again putting on the spotlight the efforts of the government to fight corruption.
The Ministry of Devolution and planning could not account for 2,151,010,210 shillings while the state department of Agriculture could not locate the whereabouts of 2,489,807,582 shillings.
During the financial year 2013/2014, a total of 66,782,697,987 shillings could not accounted for and according to the report, this is a significant improvement.
The Ministry of Health and the Office of the Attorney General could not account for 402,025,962 and 300,000,000 shillings respectively.
It was also established that more than 14 billion shillings was spent by different institutions on wasteful projects. The report says that the total amount spent on wasteful projects was 14,449,659,088 shillings.
The Ministry of Interior spent 3,494,419,400 on wasteful projects, Ministry of Agriculture wasted 1,772,055,670 shillings while independent agencies lost 1,655,113,913 shillings.
Reports released in the previous years indicated that almost half of Kenyan budget is often lost through corruption. Corruption appears to be deeply rooted in the government with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tough talk seeming to be falling on deaf ears.
Already, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is already losing face and the trust of Kenyans in the fight against corruption as its top officials are being implicated in corrupt deals. Already Mr. Philip Kinisu, chairman of the Commission and his deputy Mr. Mubea have already been implicated in the multimillion NYS saga.