Waiguru wants Treasury staff probed for IFMIS manipulation

Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru has called for investigation of Treasury officials who she accused of manipulating the IFMIS system.

The governor who was answering questions from the Senate over bizarre expenditures in Kirinyaga said Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) was being interfered with by the Treasury officials.

Waiguru said the National Treasury should be investigated and questioned.

Ms. Waiguru, who in the past served as the Director of IFMIS, told members of a Senate watchdog committee the e-procurement system had no problem. She said its operators were the problem.

“Someone needs to call treasury and ask them to be open on why they developed it. Are they reallocating money below the line? The system is as good as the person who operates it,” Waiguru defended herself

At the session with members of the committee that is chaired by Senator Moses Kajwang’ (Homa-Bay), Waiguru said problems started when county finance officials logged into the system and found one correct report and the other with errors that are now in public domain.

“We only printed the report. Someone at the Treasury developed the bizarre expenditure template. Treasury officials led by the IFMIS director must come clean, ” she added.

According to the financial statement presented to the auditor for review, Kirinyaga county spent Sh419.98 million on State House affairs, Sh851.75 million on Government clearing services and Sh176.8 million on free primary education.

The senators questioned Waiguru on national treasury report that the county spent Sh1.4 billion on functions not related to the county.

Kirinyaga was among 11 counties whose statements for the 2017/18 financial years suggested that they had budgeted funds for functions beyond their purview.

The counties cumulatively ended up with more than Sh10 billion in questionable expenditures.

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