PAC summons IEBC Commissioners over loss of Ksh9B

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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Electoral body-IEBC Commissioners are expected before the Public Accounts Committee next week over the loss of Ksh 9billion during last year’s general and repeat presidential elections.

The National Assembly watchdog committee will start examining auditor general’s report on IEBC which has exposed massive theft of public funds through direct procurement.

Though majority of irregularities are attributed to the office of Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba who has since been sacked, the MPs will first engage the three commissioners before summoning Chiloba.

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The auditor general’s report for 2016/2017 implicates the commission for direct procurement of goods and services, a cost amplified against the recommendations of an evaluation committee.

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The audit report before parliament reveals IEBC awarded the contract for the supply of 45,000 Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (Kiems) kits to Safran Morpho at a contract sum of Ksh4.2 billion contrary to recommended price of Ksh 3.8billion.

Further, the IEBC failed to justify the rationale of incurring an additional cost of Ksh856 million for the repeat presidential poll.

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Chair Opiyo Wandayi says the watchdog committee has invited the three commissioners remaining at the commission on Tuesday next week over the loss of the funds.

The committee intends to fast-track the examination of the auditor general report in readiness for electoral reforms ahead of forthcoming boundaries review, voter registration exercise as well as a possible referendum exercise.

Meanwhile, Starehe MP Charles Njagua wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to direct review of terms for construction of affordable housing units set to be put in South B, Pangani and Ngara estates before commissioning groundbreaking next week.

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Njagua argues the current terms of payment are too high for slum residents whose residences will be affected by the upgrade program.

Over 5000 housing units are set to be established in Starehe and applicants are required to deposit 100,000 shillings before accessing 800,000 shillings mortgage payable in 15 years.

 

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