- Shock as nearly half of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Ksh 100 million shillings he promised the Kenyans artists affected with the lockdown due to covid-19 pandemic has been reported missing.
The Treasury Department was directed thy the Head of State to release Ksh100 million to support artists through the through the economic lockdown which has affected the industry severely due ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The state department of culture was given responsibility to distributie the funds to creatives including musicians, actors and those in the entertainment industries.
Reports, however, indicated that the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) revealed that Ksh48 million of the Ksh100 million released to boost the artist could not be accounted for.
The Ministry of Sports and Culture Principal Secretary (PS) Josephta Mukobe was then summoned by the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to clarify the allocation of the funds and whereabouts of the missing bit.
Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale, who sits in the PAC, raised a concern about whether or not the targeted artists received the President’s cushion money.
The Sports Ministry’s PS was instructed to give full details clearly illustrating how the disbursement of the money was done and the list of beneficiaries before Parliament.
PAC members on Tuesday 27 July concluded that the explanation that was given by the PS could not hold water.
According to Mukobe, the said funds had been wired to three state departments: the State Department of Culture, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), and the Kenya Museums adding that the mentioned bodies paid artists in the required timelines but needed more time to provide the proof of the payment.
This came in limelight after the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga, other top leaders and industry stakeholders graced a festival at Royal Media Services (RMS) owner SK Macharia’s home in Ndakaini, Murang’a county to celebrate laws passed to promote the entertainment industry.