Final audit report on health ‘scam’ to be out Friday

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By Eric Biegon

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has confirmed that the final audit report on the alleged loss of billions at the ministry will be completed this Friday.

Speaking during a meeting with senate committee on health, the minister disclosed that there is a team from Treasury that is currently scouring through all relevant documents even as he accused the initial auditor of rushing the report before the staff in the ministry could prosecute details therein.

He said he will table the report before the Senate committee next week on November 15th.

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The CS maintains that the figure quoted in the audit report and which has viciously been circulated is fundamentally convoluted.

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Faced with questions why his ministry remains defensive on the nature of the audit report, Mailu was categorical that his ministry was being prosecuted based on a partial report that was hurriedly compiled and leaked to the public by an auditor without regard to laid down procedures.

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He pleaded with the committee to be patient and await the final report which he said is being finalized.

“Up to now, staff are still recording statements. We believe the number of agencies involved will bring out the truth,” he said.

He insists that only then would the public get the real picture of whether indeed there was fraud or not.

Mailu further told the committee that procurement of containers that would have been used as mobile clinics was in the best interests of marginalized groups in the society.

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This comes even as nominated senator Paul Njoroge called on President Kenyatta to force high ranking officials in his government implicated in graft to relinquish their positions.

Njoroge is now calling for a comprehensive probe on everyone mentioned by former devolution cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru when she appeared before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee.

The outspoken senator insists that the network involved in looting of public monies at the youth service is larger than what is in the public domain.

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