Irrigation Department in Sh2Billion Scandal, Auditor General Edward Ouko Reveals

The Department of Irrigation is on the verge of losing close to Sh2 billion used to pay for the construction of small dams and water pumps.

The department is also on the spotlight over unexplained imprests totaling to Sh23 million besides expenditure of Sh1 billion on acquisition of assets yet documents show the money was spent on buildings and structures with a note on construction of dams.

In a report tabled in the National Assembly by leader of majority Aden Duale, the Auditor General Edward Ouko has questioned how the money was spent after the state department for irrigation claimed that the contract entered to were not dated.

Reads the report in part: “the validity, completeness and accuracy of the financial statements balances cannot be ascertained.”

On the expenditure of Sh922.5 million Ouko claimed the department actually raised some of the local purchase order in the month of June within eight days.

According to him, one of the LPO’S worth Sh48.1 million was raised on June 8 last year, another worth Sh195 million was raised on June 9, on June 10 another worth Sh303 million was raised followed by another one on June 13 worth Sh155.2 million.

Ouko further claimed that there was no evidence of individual’s evaluation score sheet of each contract for both technical and financial evaluation.

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