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More Trouble for CS Rotich as His Woes Deepens




Revelation by Auditor General Edward Ouko uncovering possible embezzlement of Ksh4 billion relief fund in the financial year 2017/2018, adds to the woes of the already troubled Rotich.

On June 9, 2017, the State Department for Special Programme on behalf of the government signed the agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP agreed to facilitate the implementation of the emergency transfers targeting 1.3 million people affected by drought in 13 arid and semi-arid counties.

According to Nation report, the allocated funds were released in two phases, with the first phase being July to August 2017 and the second phase being September of the same year when Ksh2 billion was released by the government.

Auditor General Edward Ouko

However, the Treasury Cabinet Secretary is required to show for the management, operation and winding up procedures in the guideline before a public fund is established. This is according to regulations governing the Public Finance Management act Act, 2012.


CS Rotich, who was then the Treasury CS did not comply with the law.

“This is inappropriate utilization of public funds as the section of the fund, including mode of operation, has not been done in line with the existing laws,” Mr Ouko said of the report which is currently before the National Assembly.

“In consequence, the legality and validity of the operations of the fund could not be ascertained,” he concluded.

Ouko reported that there were no accountability documents, including the details of beneficiaries and evidence to show confirmation of receipt of the cash as intended by the beneficiaries, meaning that it would be hard to ascertain just how exactly the money was utilized.

This revelation comes amidst a similar report stated that the State Department of Special Programmes under the Ministry of Devolution cannot account for Sh3.4 billion.

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